There is much controversy around the actual cause/motivation of the riots.
Dutch media report that in the city of Utrecht riots have started after a police officer shot a man armed with a knife. This night is the second night of serious riots in the city. Cars are put on fire, shops are destroyed and a former police station went up in flames. On first glance one might think:
Paris style riots in The Netherlands?
But unlike the Paris riots, the rioters are not Muslims. The rioters are all native Dutch. Just like the Dutch man shot by the police. So what is going on? Dutch national media is very, very silent about the reasons for the shooting and seems to suggest that the riots are just the work of football hooligans.
But even the strongest political correct force cannot stop the Internet and the blogs from revealing the real story behind these riots. This is what I found out, by looking at the local media and the blogosphere:
The neighborhood of the police shooting is being terrorized by ‘youths (Warning newspeak for Muslim youth). Like everywhere in The Netherlands the police does not do much about it. People are attacked, robbed, etc. People keep calling the police but they don’t get protected. Rinie Mulder had called the police very often. So when last Sunday the ‘youths’ harassed a young pregnant woman (a daughter of a friend), he went after them. In the fight that ensued he took the knife of one of the ‘youths’. When a police officer arrived and Rinie showed him the knife, he was shot dead. ... Was he siding with the ‘youths’? (After 3 days of riots the police now denies the rumor that the officer was a Muslim) The local media also reports that the local Dutch people they speak are quite desperate about the ‘situation’ in their neighborhooud. The burgomaster now even talks about doing something about the ‘situation’.
I wonder if that Pim Fortuyn`s successors will be doing better in the next elections?
The Netherlands already has tough immigration policies compared to other EU nations(all major parties adopted more restrictive immigration policies after Fortuyn`s rise). However, involvement in the EU limits just how tough—and effective-those policies can be(The EU requires member states accept workers from other EU member states-so once someone gets admitted to France or Spain, they can work in the Netherlands).
I doubt these riots are really about anything that has happened recently. Instead, I expect there have been problems brewing in the Netherlands for a long time.