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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 9, 1972, Lethbridge, Alberta Saturday, September 1, 1972 THE LETH6RIDGE HtRAlD Fistfiglits in Rotterdam Racism rears ugly head in Holland By FLORA LEWIS New York Times Service ROTTERDAM Shocked and startled, Dutchmen are be- ginning to figure out Uie un- happy meaning of strecet fights that raged for a week recently Paquette remanded LONDON, Ont. en in the Netherlands, but now hey shako their heads and say: 'It was racism. We have to admit it, and in a counlry that md no trouble absorbing 100 Indonesians." Suddenly, 22 years after In- donesia became independent of he Dutch, this flood of foreign abor has brought the reality of minority problems to this hom- ogeneous counlry. "We realize said a cabinet minister n 'Hie Hague, "that for us Uie Indonesians were Dutchm e n. Even il they had brown skins and black eyes and were half our height, they spoke Dutch and they were accustomed to our ways. Now we have to learn how to treat people who are really different." For Martin Aalders, an Im- passioned young man with thick red sideburns who serves the Rotterdam municipality a liaison officer with the Turk- ish workers, the lesson is: "We thought we were bringing in laborers. Now we see we were bringing human beings." For Nidim Selyurek, a 28- yeaivold postal worker from Ihe Anatolian plateau near An kara, the Turkish capital, the iluatioii passes understanding. 'We didn't do he said. "There was no reason lo attack us. We only came to work." Selyurek, who has been In Tie Netherlands for seven years and has learned Dutch, bought vith his four brothers a little row house in the Wapenstraat, icene of some of the fighting. It cost and they still owe about on the mortgage. Though they were bewildered and upset about the fighting, Selyurek said they would stay on here, perhaps five, maybe 10 years or more until they had mough money to go back and buy a movie theater in Ankara. Joop Ovenveel, a tanned, blue- eyed dock worker who lives a couple of houses down from Selyurek, said: "Well, if the Turks are here, I guess it's like with a woman. If she loves you, she'll slay, and if she doesn't, you're better off if she goes anyway." Like most of the Dutch fami- lies on the block, Overweel anc his wife rent their house. He owns a small car, but he sak he could never hope to have enough to buy a house. The dis- trict, Afrikaandenvijt, is an ok one and Dutch officials consid er it run-down and poor al hough It could not possibly be ailed a slum by other stand- ards. When foreign workers do not ive in dormitories provided by he companies that employ hem, they gravitate to s u c h neighborhoods because they are he cheapest. They live either crammed into boarding houses >r if they scrimped Ions enough, ike Selyurek, in houses they lave bought. It was the purchase of a house that set off the week-long rioting. The trouble began when a Turk, who had bought a house, came and told the Dutch widow who lived there with her three children that she must move out immediately. Dutch law pro- hibits the eviction of a tenant for three years after a property is sold. But few Turks know that, and real estate speculat- ors tend not to tell them. The new Turkish owner, feel- ing wiUiin his rights, insisted on taking possession of the house. Dutch compatriots came to the tenant's assistance. Turk ish workers supported their compatripl, and the fracas er- upted. Fifteen Dutchmen were injured, mostly by the police and four Turks were seriously hurt. It was the first time that the Netherlands had seen anything more grievous than minor fisti- cuffs between its citizens and heir "guest and the country was horrified. "The Turks, and the othen are sober, hard working peo- said Dr. Jan Pabon, who leads the international labor market section of the ministry of social welfare in The Hague. "They have exactly the same >ay and working conditions and wmefits as Dutchmen, but they pay very little for board and room if they live in company lousing. And if they don't have Families here, they hardly to spend anything. So they can save a lot more." INSURANCE e LIABILITY BONDS AUTO FIRE ROSSITER AGENCIES IID. ESTABIISHED 1911 tower Floor 517 4lti Ave. S. Phone 327-1541 FROM GANGS TO CADETS Pierre Lalonde, left, vice-president of "Les Dead Men" motorcycle club and Normand McPhee lest out a new educational toy in Montreal this week. Alcted by a Local Initiatives Program grant, Ihe Iwo men have begun to invent and produce a line of educational toys. Try Before You officials UP TO 30-DAY ON YOUR DOCTOR'S Canadian driver _ He. on three major high- Eldon H. Shute, member of the state a letter released today, SMITH-JONES HEARING AID SERVICE RIP16Y has asked state officials to do something "about broadcaster and former deputy secretary of slate, also said it is difficult to 3rd Ave. S. Phono driving habits of Canadian drivers" Canadians to court. Truck traffic hauling pul-pwood and logs across the is increasing, lie Shute urged that state offi- SYMPHONY take immediate steps with th.3 Quebec provincial Season "to explore wth them a system of reciprocity licences, enforcement and procedures." The letter also called for Mondays, 7 of signs in French and English along all in- highways from Que- St. Mary's warning of the possible 5th Avenue Street of licence upon conviction under Maine laws. Commencing September 11, of our problem stems from the attitudes of Canadian drivers them- String players (especially Violas and Shute said. Oboe, Cor anglais. Trumpet, HITS FRANCE (AP) An earth (Other vacancies may occur rocked western France the Paris south to Bordeaux Reasonably experienced performers ore invited to evening. No imme- LUCIEN MEEDHAM, damage reports were lodged, but police and fire bri- (Office Phone switchboards were jam- mcd with calls. mOTORS LETHBRIDGE ARE NOW ACCEPTING FACTORY ORDERS ON 1973 CHRYSLER, PLYMOUTH and DODGE TRUCKS AT 1972 PRICES UNTIL 1973 PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT DATE. ORDER BEFORE PRICE INCREASES. SALES OPPORTUNITY Exceptionally good opportunities fo sell 1973 Chrysler, Plymouth Cars and Dodge Trucks. Require hard working, intelligent young salesman. Previous experience not necessary. Politeness, appearance and good attitude a must. Contact Salei Mar, Lorne Franz at 327-1591. (T10TORS LETHBRIDGE 7fh St. 1st Ave. S. Ph. 327-1591 the people tire people UNBELIEVABLE OFFEB lowest BURS! Stores and participating Dealers... Now at these fircstone Corner 3rd Ave. and 8th St. S. Phone 327-8548 ;