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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 26, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta 44 TM UTHMWOE HWAID Jwwwy It, Holland faces race problem By SUE MATERMAN Inndon Observer Service THE HAGUE Growing pre- judice in Holland against col- oured and foreign immigrant workers, stimulated by an eco- nomic depression and rising re- dundancy, has forced the Dutch Government to clamp down on the admission of foreign labour From the beginning of this year the Dutch Government has decided to implement the rule that foreign workers contract- ed by Dutch firms may only come to Holland for an initial period of two years. During that period, in most eases, their families will not be allowed in for longer than three months. The problem of coloured im- migrants has led to moves to give the Dutch territories in the Caribbean, Surinam (Dutch Guiana) and the Antilles, a greater degree of autonomy with independence in view. The inhabitants of Surinam and the Antilles carry Dutch passports end have free access to the Netherlands. ANOTHER WORRY On top of this, there Is an- other worry for the Dutch. Government has asked the Eur- opean Common Market Com- mission in Brussels to investi- gate the situation which will arise when Britain joins the Market and British citizens have the right to settle and work in Holland. Britain's col- oured citizens are seen as a threat by the Dutch, who fear a Hood of out-of-work Pakistani, Indian and West Indian immi- grants attracted by the high wages and the social security payments in the Netherlands. The Dutch need to import labour because there are moro jobs than there are Dutch citi- zens to fill them. Even at the depths of the depression un- employment is not expected to rise to more than in a total population of 13 million- less than most countries during an economic boom. There are now around foreign laborers, mainly from Mediterranean countries, work- ing in the Netherlands. They are recruited to work in the mines, the cotton mills, the steel Industry, the ports and other industries where the Dutch prefer not to work so long as they can get more pleasant jobs elsewhere. On paper these workers enjoy the same privileges as the Dutch. Some larger firms even pro- vide subsidized bousing and pay for a trip back to their home country once or twice a year. Foreign workers are. natural- ly concentrated in the areas where work is available. In Rotterdam one inhabitant in 15 is an immigrant. This is now causing considerable tension among the Dutch inhabitants. Since the murder of a taxi- driver last year, whose last known passenger was a Yugo- slav, there have been some very ugly incidents. Twice po- lice have just managed to pre- vent lynchings. Rotterdam taxi- drivers absolutely refuse to carry foreign passengers which usually means non-Euro- HOUSING PROBLEM Housing for this large num- ber of temporary residents raises problems which have led to a series of boarding houses being opened some owned by foreign workers who have settled in Holland where men live eight to a room in appall- ing, insanitary conditions. Soma Viet road plan spotted SAIGON (Reuter) Recon- naissance aircraft have de- tected five powerful North Viel- namese bulldozers preparing two roads capable of carrying tanks and trucks on the Laotian side of the tri-border area where Vietnam, Laos and Cam- bodia meet, United States mili- tary sources said today. The road-building project is the latest piece of evidence to support widespread predictions that the North Vietnamese plan a major offensive in the jungled mountains of South Vietnam's high plateau during the Tet lunar festival next month and before President Nixon visits Peking. A column of Hussian-built tanks already has been sighted in Kontum province, on the Lao- tian border. Numerous reports of North Vietnamese troop movements on and across the border have brought the heaviest B-52 raids to the area In nine monttn in the last week. U.S. warplanes, in soKalled protective reaction strikes, at- tacked three rhore anti-aircraft missile radar sites in North Vietnam, the U.S. command an- nounced today. Meanwhile, a Viet Cong broadcast promised to reward all South Vietnamese who help overthrow the Saigon govern- ment and defeat President Nix- on's Vletnnmlzatioo program. Amnesty also was promised to otficials, military commanders and soldiers who defected. beds are snared by two labor- ers, one of whom works the day shift and Hie other the night shift. There have been disas- trous fires in such boarding houses. Foreign workers were burnt alive, suffocated, or died after jumping out of windows. In other cases there have been raids by incensed local inhabitants on a boarding house, provoked by unfounded rumours of the men interfer- ing with local girls or by such petty incidents as complaints by neighbours that the men threw melon skins into their garden. In several instances the police have had to round up all the inhabitants of such a boarding house and take them into custody for their own pro- tection. It may seem strange that ra- cial prejudice has reared Its ugly head In Holland, where more than former inhab- itants of Indonesia were suc- cessfully integrated into Dutch society after Indonesia's post- war independence. But the In- donesian Dutch were mostly well educated in Dutch schools in their home country, and were used to working in a Dutch society. The government requisitioned 10 per cent of all subsidized housing in order to prevent them all from settling in one area. In addition, there are many Dutch who have Indone- sian blood in their veins, since the old Dutch colonialists open- ly married local women and recognized and educated their children, unlike many other co- lonialists who preferred to keep "mixing with the natives" hid- den from society. The situation which has aris- en now that Negro inhabitants of Surinam and the Antilles are flooding into the Netherlands Is quite different. The lotnl popu- lation of these two former col- onies is not more than one mil- lion, so that the Dutch have no reason to fear being swamped by them. But although Holland pumps considerable funds into the development of the Antilles Islands and Surinam the two areas are extremely underde- veloped. Unemployment is as high as 40 per cent. Education is limited and all who want to study further have to come to Holland. Woman sought in fraud ZURICH, Switzeralnd (API- Police througlnut Europe are looking for a d a r k -li a i r e li woman who cashed worth of cheques which Hie McGraw-Hill Book Co. paid for a purported autobiography of in- dustrialist Howard Hughes. Swiss authorities confirmed that an international warrant was issued for the woman, about 31 years of age, who col- lected the money from the Swiss Credit Bank in Zurich. The Swiss officials did not identify the woman. But Time magazine said she gave her name to the bank as Helga R. Hughes. The M c G r a w -H i 11 cheques werj made out to H. R. Hughes. The warrant was issued after McGraw-Hill filed a criminal complaint last Thursday with (he district attorney alleging traixl. The woman was described as dark-haired, with a lean face, about 5 feet 3 inches tall, wear- ing a mid-dress and speaking broken German. Earlier reports of the mystery woman said she was blonde. POCKETED CASH She was reported to have pocketed 2.6 million Swiss francs after endorsing the cheques "H. R. in a handwriting that closely resem- bled that of the industrialist, photostatlc copies showed. A spokesman for the Swiss Credit Bank said the womon presented a passport when she opened her account at the bank. ''As far as our bank is con- cerned, everything was handled the Swiss Credit Bank official said. "It was a most refined case of fraud, so refined, in fact, that clerks could not detect It." The district attorney's office meanwhile called off a news conference this morning on the case. But it did confirm that the Zurich police had" Intcrpol, the international police organiza- tion, on the alert. The search for the mystery woman was the latest develop- ment ill the tangled Howard Hughes autobiography contro- versy, which Involves McGraw- Hill, Life magazuie and author Clifford Irving. His book has been challenged in court as a hoax and Its publi- cations suspended by McGraw- Hill and Life pending clarifies- lion of controversy over the Swiss bank account where three cheques totalling were deposited. McGraw-Hill thought the went to Hughes. GAVE NAME Time magazuie said Sunday that an attractive blonde who identified herself as Helga Hughes cashed the three cheques through an account in the Swiss Credit Bank in Zurich and carried out the money in an airline bag. She endorsed two o[ the cheques "H. R. Hughes" in the presence of a bank officer and mailed in the third with the same endorsement, said Time, whose parent company, Time, Inc., also owns Life. SIMPSONS-SEARS Headstrong, full-bodied, manageable and as beautiful as ever! Only 3 days of sale left! Get yours today! A. Long Shag B. Maria IOOK at the smashing saving on our beautiful EtURA wigsl Each one as versatile as it is beautiful. 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