‘Homage to the police, who have to go there every time’ and ‘Is a fireworks ban still useful?’: these are some reactions to topics from the news that concern readers. Below are the letters that appeared in the newspaper of Tuesday 23 November. You can send in a response yourself via email@example.com.
Riots | Mind fades when everything is curbed
‘These guys want to fight alone’ (AD 22-11). Give the people bread and games. Let it be clear that I detest the recent riots. But the country’s current administrators are overlooking something vital. We can’t do anything anymore. Youth is completely banned. No more going out, no more going to football. No fireworks. And appeal to common sense. But at some point, the will to live freely takes precedence over common sense. Curious how ‘The Hague’ will survive literally and figuratively.
Coen van de Vooren, Rotterdam.
Riots II | They don’t realize they’re screwing up their lives
What on earth have we ended up in with all these riots? Isn’t it time to reinstate conscription? Can all those bored and spoiled youngsters learn discipline. They don’t realize they’re screwing it up for the rest of their lives. Get a job if you have a criminal record. Kudos to the police who have to come out every time. At the risk of his own life.
C. van Gurp, Rotterdam.
Watch our videos about the 2G riots in Rotterdam below:
Riots III | We are in bad shape, even in popular holiday countries
The ‘heroes’ with mouth caps, hoodies, fireworks and whatnot, took on the real heroes, namely: police, ambulance personnel and fire brigade. They are so brave by setting off half and sometimes whole bombs in disguise, throwing stones and destroying all kinds of things. Where the hardworking citizen can pay for the costs. If these guys are our future, it will look dark black. They have no idea what they are doing to the real heroes who often also have a family. And then whine when they shoot. What else are cops supposed to do when they’re up against a force majeure of sniffed out madmen? Introduce yourself in their place. Then the answer is clear. And then another part of the real heroes gets to take care of them in the hospital. We have become a country that is getting worse all over the world. Drug trafficking and manufacturing, misbehavior, rather crimes like the past few days and even in holiday countries. And so I can go on and on. Bankruptcy has started.
Charlie de Bruijn, Bodegraven.
Fireworks ban | Malicious persons know how to circumvent this ban
In order not to increase the pressure on healthcare even further, a fireworks ban was announced around the turn of the year. After the past weekend, you may wonder whether such a ban still makes sense. After all, it appears that there are already so many heavy fireworks in the country that you can pelt the police, fire brigade, ambulances and ‘closed’ football stadiums without limit. The legal fireworks industry and the well-meaning enthusiasts of ornamental fireworks are the real victims of the fireworks ban. The malicious parties easily know how to circumvent this, because they know the ways to get illegal fireworks.
R. Kroese, Voorschoten.
Riots in stadiums | Performing like Henk de Jong did, that’s how it should be
Under the hilarious title ‘Nice riots in your Christmas present’, Sjoerd Mossou mocks the rapaille that entered the stadium in Alkmaar on Saturday in the Randje Buitenspel section in AD Sportwereld. I miss an important aspect in Mossou’s striking story: the verbal diarrhea that AZ-trainer Pascal Jansen poured out on us after the game in front of the Studio Sport cameras. In line with his weak athletic performance as head coach, Jansen made an embarrassing attempt to downplay the dorks’ behaviour; something with ‘real supporters who miss it so much’ and more of that madness. I hope that Jansen saw Cambuur colleague Henk de Jong in front of the same cameras the next day, who clearly had no good words to say about Frisian youngsters, who also thought it was tough to enter the stadium. That’s how it should be, Pascal.
Harry Verheul, Alkmaar.
Press care | In my dream I would ask them pressing questions
Fortunately, I still hear from the concern that in hospital admissions people do not distinguish between black, white, fat, thin, a wappie or someone with a booster, gay, straight, Forum or SGP voter. Still, I sometimes dream of being able to ask something from all protesters who ‘want their freedom back if necessary’, from rioters or hooligans: if we could put a stamp on your hand now and you ended up in hospital, we could then ask to join at the back or come back later? Once awake, I fear that the rioters and hooligans in particular will have a big mouth and will undoubtedly push ahead.
Bram Verweij, Oudewater.
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