RADIO NETHERLANDS by Eric Hesen 24 August 2007 -
In recent years, things had been relatively quiet with regard to the extreme right groups in the Netherlands. But the neo-Nazis appear to be making a high-profile comeback. And more violent than ever. Arson, vandalism and even firearms seem to be par for the course nowadays. Gradually the police and the authorities seem to be realising the danger.
In a Rotterdam court this week, eleven youths are facing prison sentences of up to two-and-a-half years for arson, vandalism and intimidation in the town of Almere. Neo-Nazi Arris de Bruin also appeared in court this month after the police discovered weapons, ammunition and explosives at his home.
According to the Anne Frank Foundation, such cases are only the tip of the iceberg. Its annual survey issued this week revealed that there were 67 incidents involving extreme right-wing groups last year, almost double the amount in the previous year. (Read all of Eric's report....)