Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Prime Minister Shocked by Protests on Curaçao

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende (Christian Democrats) hassaid that he was shocked by the reception he received in Curaçao. While there he signed an agreement on the future of the Dutch Antilles. During a press conference Balkenende reported on various incidents that occurred during his visit: the governor of the Antilles was harassed during a concert; the Dutch singer Hind was hissed at; demonstrators wore yellow stars in protest; there was a bomb threat. There were also intimidating demonstrators. The prime minister remarked: “This cannot be the future of Curaçao.”

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