Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More Fights between White and non-Western High School Pupils

There has been an increase in incidents of fighting between native Dutch and non-Western high school pupils. There were ethnic conflicts during the last school year in four out of 10 high schools. This is an increase of 10% in two years. Jaap van Donselaar, an expert on right-wing extremism, says that since the murder of the Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn in 2002, tensions between native Dutch and non-Western pupils have increased mainly due to cultural differences. These fights are not usually between extreme rightists and radical Muslim youngsters. Van Donselaar adds that the real numbers of incidents are much higher than those reported because schools often do not report incidents for fear of getting a bad reputation.

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