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VVD criticises cause for raid

20 June 2007 - VVD party leader Eric van der Burg finds it unacceptable that a bar in Zuidoost was raided last weekend with the intention of arresting undocumented residents. The city council will question mayor Job Cohen on the issue tomorrow.

Officially, the raid targeted Africans who are suspected of internet fraud. However, 70 people were found to be undocumented and will be deported, while only two persons have been detained for suspected internet fraud.

On an earlier occasion, Cohen (photo) insisted that Amsterdam does not hunt down undocumented residents. However, during the raid flyers were distributed which cited the suspected presence of illegal residents among the reasons to target this bar.

Tonight, Van der Burg told AT5 that this text was unacceptable, because it contravenes Amsterdam policy - ‘however one may feel about that’. He does not object to undocumented people being arrested and deported when found during a search for criminals.

According to AT5, a demonstration will take place at the district office next Friday.

Cohen has a history of legitimising large scale raids against undocumented residents by claiming they were suspected of criminal activities. Most were deported without ever being brought to justice.


UPDATE 21 June 2007 - Mayor Cohen is unsure whether the raid has been carried out on legitimate grounds. He will talk to the police before forming a definitive opinion on the matter, reports.


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