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No campaign for Cohen

16 August 2006 – The municipality will not launch a campaign to help get Job Cohen elected best mayor of the world. It would “not be his style to waste municipal funds on this”, his spokesperson says in today’s Metro.

Recently, it was announced that Cohen is among the fifty mayors who are candidates for the title World Mayor 2006. They have been selected from 677 nominees. The organisation praises Cohen for having “maintained the city’s atmosphere of tolerance and respect in a world of ethnic violence”.

Last October, Time Magazine included ‘hate buster’ Cohen in its list of 37 European Heroes, for keeping Amsterdam united after the murder of Theo van Gogh on 2 November 2004.

The most important slur on his reputation is his handling of the ‘Thank you Rita’ banners that various squats put up in November last year, after eleven illegal immigrants awaiting deportation had been killed by a fire in a detention centre at Schiphol Airport. The banners referred to Integration Minister Rita Verdonk.

Cohen sent riot police to the squats to remove the banners. As a protest against this restriction of the freedom of speech, banners were put up throughout the entire country.

On 6 December, it will be announced who has been elected World Mayor 2006. Incidentally, the election is not really democratic: not just the number of votes, but also the ‘persuasiveness and passion of supporting comments’ will be taken into account. In this way, the organisation wants to make sure that mayors of smaller cities stand a chance.

Vote here. Background: Time Magazine. Banners. Photo: Event promoting reading books to children, February 2006 (photo Amsterdam Municipality)


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