Thursday, October 18, 2007

Preventive Arrests Authorized in Amsterdam Slotervaart

Bernard Welten, Amsterdam Head of Police, said on television that he takes into account that riots such as those of Autumn 2005 in Paris could erupt in Amsterdam Slotervaart. In 2007 1,470 people - mostly between the ages of 12 and 17 - have already been arrested in that neighborhood. The police have now introduced a new legally approved measure: preventive arrests of people thought to be planning to disturb the public order. There has been new unrest in the neighborhood since Sunday, 14 October, when a person who had stabbed two policemen in the police office was shot and killed. Rioters have attacked the police office which is now heavily guarded and, despite major police patrols in the neighborhood, have burned or otherwise damaged a number of cars and attacked journalists.,1

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