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    I plan on visiting this summer and just came across this. Should I bring some protective gear for shopping downtown and at the warehouse?

    http://www.rnw.nl/english/bulletin/t...ribbean-island

    Threat of rioting on Dutch Caribbean island

    Published on 4 June 2012 - 1:51pm


    Deteriorating relations between the islanders and the Dutch government have led to a volatile situation on the Dutch Caribbean island of Bonaire.

    Cedric Soleana of the campaign group Concerned Bonairians on Saturday warned Governor Lydia Emerencia that riots could break out at any moment. Mr Soleana warned of rioting comparable to the massive May 1969 riots in Curaçao, which broke out in protest against the then Dutch rulers.
    Bonaire was one of five islands that formed the Netherlands Antilles until the major political reforms implemented in October 2010. In a referendum held on each of the islands, the people of Curaçao and St Maarten voted to become autonomous nations within the Kingdom of the Netherlands while Bonaire, Saba and St Eustatius chose to become special Dutch municipalities. Aruba, the sixth Dutch Caribbean island, was the first to become autonomous in 1986.

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    Bonairians have been complaining about rising prices for a long time. And there is widespread dissatisfaction with the island’s status as ‘special public body’. At the time of the referendum, people expected the island to become a municipality like any other in the Netherlands, including Dutch social security. The campaign group is demanding a new referendum and last year presented a petition to Queen Beatrix during her visit to the island.
    More than a year ago, the US dollar was introduced on the island and taxes were increased. As a result, a large proportion of the islanders can no longer make ends meet. The growing number of Dutch citizens moving to the island has sparked serious tensions between the two population groups

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    Mr Soleana said Bonairians are “tired of talking and tired of all the promises.”
    "You can take it as a threat, but after today we’re done talking. We’ll go to jail if we have to, in the name of justice and of the people.”
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    while a riot is probably not going to happen the situation here is very very serious and the local population is under tremendous pressures .. especially economically .. even the penshioners had a demostration .. a great majority of which are unable to pay their rent, utilities and buy food on the extremely low fixed pension ..tired of struggling to live from day to day and broken problems this problem is not to be taken lightly .. the plight of the locals needs to be dealt with by the government . . NOW ...frustration often leads to threats of violence .. the bonairians are peaceful people but if continued to live in difficult circumstances .. who really can predict???

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    I can relate to their frustrations . I hope the Dutch take note and improve conditions for all on the island . It would be real nice to see European Social Security applied to the Island .

    It appears like a two tier system down there , the locals do not seem to have the same opportunitys presented to imported staff .

    An equal playing field for all would stop a lot of the petty crime that everyones stresses over . good luck Bonarians

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    this off face book:







    by forum bonaire


    ‎'THERE IS NO UNREST ON BONAIRE'
    Despite recent press articles of public 'rebellion' to the 10/10/10 reforms, Burney el Hage has dismissed the reports as tabloid scaremongering.
    El Hague appears to be directing his opinion at those who signed the petition earlier in the year that was handed to the Leiutenant Governor by Sean Paton on behalf of B.I.C.E.P.S. Although welcoming the people of Bonaire to 'excercise their democratic rights', he goes on to say that their opinion 'is not representative of the general population'.
    Mr el Hage continued to praise the improvement in education & healthcare since 10/10/10 but conceded that some issues still needed to be addressed such as poverty, rising prices & unemployment.
    Freddie




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    and this reply......



    forum bonaire
    Hi Freddie.
    I would consider that the chance of riots on Bonaire is very slim, it is not the Bonairian way.
    There are economic problems on the island, maybe partly as a result of certain aspects of the 10/10/10 agreement, the introduction of the Dollar & more broadly, the problems with the global economy.
    In my opinion, the fears put forward by some of your posters on BT are unwarranted.
    You are more than welcome to post this response alongside the original article on BT.
    Freddie




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    Prior to the introduction of the dollar all the merchants were asked to refrain from simply switching tabs from guilders to dollars.
    Some did..... most did not..... most merchants are Antillean..... most complaints are now Antillean..... most poverty is now Antillean.
    At the same time several hundred Dutch advisers arrived with their high standard of living and purchasing power..... this only exacerbated the problem by putting pressure on food supplies and rental property.
    There was talk of switching back to the guilder...... that is not going to happen.
    If we are a municipality of Holland then we should be treated exactly like all the other municipalities..... a special municipality smacks of the "other side of the tracks".

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    The more times change the more they stay the same . Well said Hank .

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    some very good points ... but .. i do differ with you on the point that most of the merchants are Antillean .. most are immigrants primarily here to be in business for profit with the long-term goal of eventually returning to their native country... all you need to do is look at the Chinese invasion in the grocery, snack and bar sector and the south american monoply in construction to mention a couple of areas.

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