In Holland, security has been intensified in the town of Assen following rioting by South Moluccans in which a Dutch policeman was shot in the stomach.
In Holland, security has been intensified in the town of Assen following rioting by South Moluccans in which a Dutch policeman was shot in the stomach. The incidents coincided with the trial of eight Moluccans who allegedly kidnapped schoolchildren and hijacked a train in the area three months ago.
SYNOPSIS: This was some of the destruction that was caused by the rioting. Two nursery school buildings were set alight and gutted by fire. It is a stark reminder of the continuing bitterness felt between the Dutch and the self exiled Moluccan community in Holland.
Security was immediately reinforced with armoured troops carriers being brought into the Moluccan area of Assen.
Another fire was started in the Red Cross Centre of Assen. It was one of three blazes last night but firemen were forced to withdraw because of gunfire that reportedly came from Moluccan housing area.
When dawn broke (8 September) the firefighting was resumed under the cover of armoured vehicles.
The Dutch policeman was shot in the stomach last night and immediately underwent emergency surgery at the Wilhelmina Hospital in Assen where it was reported his condition was reasonable.
The recent trouble coincides with the trial of eight Moluccans for allegedly hijacking a train and kidnapping schoolchildren three months ago. At the time this led to a protracted seige in which a number of Moluccans were killed by Dutch forces.