Of course the police immediately played it down, but 'youngsters' (no information on nationality, ethnicity or religious affiliation provided - but from television footage I can pretty much gather we are not talking about 5th generation Dutchies here) have disturbed the Muslim protest against the Danish cartoons that took place here in Amsterdam this afternoon. A telling quote from a police spokesperson at NieuwNieuws: 'These youngsters are looking for a confrontation. They are disrupting the demonstration which was progressing without incident.'
Right. Everybody who causes trouble of course cannot be part of said demonstration, for otherwise we couldn't keep up the myth of well-integrated newcomers peacefully using their freedom of speech. According to local tv station AT5 there are or were about 150 (!) youngsters causing trouble; one shop was attacked according to the RTL television news; bystanders were harrassed; and two people have been arrested. Until now. Nice detail: according to NieuwNieuws some of these nice young folks were wearing Hamas jackets. You don't buy those at Sissy Boy.
As for the rest of the demonstration: very revealing was the comment of one participant, expressing his opinion that Ayaan Hirsi Ali should stop expressing hers: 'She should not create problems.' Well, that's what several decades of leftist 'turn the table' rhetorics will get you. It seems these people are integrating quite nicely when it comes to employing the same kind of veiled threats Dutch politicians used to ostracize Pim Fortuyn when he spoke unpleasant truths. Hopefully, this story will have a happier ending.
Update 20.03: Make that four arrests.