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A Short History of Unfortunate Events. Chapter IV (2013-2016)


On June 11th, 1977 a three week long hijacking of a train came to an end. The hijacking was the result of ongoing discontent within the Moluccan community. In the early 1950’s a group of Moluccan military and their families were brought to The Netherlands. They were part of the Royal Dutch Indonisian Army (KNIL) and were promised to be able to return later. More than 12.000 Moluccan people were transported to The Netherlands by military vessels. Upon their arrival they lost their military status. The first few years the Moluccans were housed in former concentration camps in Westerbork and Vught. The promise made by the Dutch government to return was broken and after years of discontent a group of disillusioned Moluccan youngsters took action with the hijacking of a train in De Punt, leaving eight people dead. Among the victims two hostages and six hijackers. At this point it is still unclear whether the amount of violence used to end the hijacking was disproportionate or not.
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J 01: A Short History of Unfortunate Events. Chapter IV (2013-2016)
Title: J 01: A Short History of Unfortunate Events. Chapter IV (2013-2016)
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