• Short Summary

    If the school siege and train hijacking by South Moluccan extremists achieves nothing else, it has certainly once again focused world attention on the plight of the expatriate Moluccan community living in the Netherlands.

  • Description

    If the school siege and train hijacking by South Moluccan extremists achieves nothing else, it has certainly once again focused world attention on the plight of the expatriate Moluccan community living in the Netherlands. The current terrorist activity almost a carbon copy of a double strike carried out by South Moluccan extremists in December 1975. On that occasion four people died, but the South Moluccans ended up as far as ever from realising their dream of an independent nation.

    SYNOPSIS: During the Indonesian war of independence South Moluccan troops remained loyal to the Dutch colonists and not wishing to accept the authority of the new state about 12,000 of them settled in the Netherlands to form a closely-knit community which has since grown to number about 40,000. Many of them are housed on this estate at Vassen, where they resist all efforts at integration. If they leave the makeshift wooden house for permanent accommodation they forfeit government subsidies, so most of them resist re-housing too. It is from the bitterness of alleged broken promises that their extremism has sprung -- as one South Moluccan explained to Visnews reporter Noel Alexandre.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA58IBFRAM8EBKUZEJ1PEVLO31C
    Media URN:
    VLVA58IBFRAM8EBKUZEJ1PEVLO31C
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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