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Dutch police disperse crowd at site of shooting
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Dutch police disperse crowd at site of shooting

14.03.2012 From our online archive
Police in Dutch city of Rotterdam say they confronted dozens of people massing at a spot where officers had shot and wounded a criminal suspect, amid fears of possible rioting.

Police in Dutch city of Rotterdam say they confronted dozens of people massing at a spot where officers had shot and wounded a criminal suspect, amid fears of possible rioting.

Spokesman Henk van der Velde said on Monday that police had dispersed the people on Sunday night after they gathered at the scene of the shooting in a low-rent neighborhood in the south of the city, and then ignored orders to move on.

There were no arrests. The suspect who was shot — himself a suspect in a shooting — is recovering in a hospital.

Police around the Netherlands have been on alert for copycat rioting in the aftermath of the violence that tore through English cities earlier this month.

On Saturday, Rotterdam police arrested a man for allegedly sending messages from his cell phone inciting rioting.