The Netherlands: Moroccan consul drafted in to speak to rioters

The Netherlands: Moroccan consul drafted in to speak to rioters

The Moroccan consul to the Netherlands, Mr Khalid Guelzim, has been drafted in by the police to speak to a group of youngsters who have been responsible for a string of riots in the Dutch town of Ede, Dutch media said on Friday.

Mr Guelzim agreed to speak to the community after talks with council officials and the police, Dutch news agency ANP said.

Ede, a small town in the centre of the Netherlands, has been rocked by riots since last weekend when a group of several dozen Dutch Moroccan youngsters went on the rampage following the closure of a community cafe.

The cafe, which was a popular hangout for the local Dutch Moroccan youngsters, is located inside a shopping centre which is undergoing demolishing, according to ANP.

Various Moroccan community groups in the Netherlands have condemned the rioting and called on the rioters to stop.

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