In Memory of
A male civilian motorcyclist
on Monday, August 6, 2007
in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province. Dutch occupation troops fatally shot a motorcyclist who again allegedly got too near to an occupation force convoy. Occupation forces fearing suicide bomb attackers have become prone to shot first and ask questions later. The 3,000-strong Dutch Task Force Uruzgan has been formally occupying Tarin Kowt since August 2006 (having replaced the Americans). The Dutch also employ Apache attack helicopters and F-16’s. The behaviour of Australian and Dutch troops in southern Afghanistan sparked a protest strike on July 26th by local shopkeepers complaining of harassment and unjustified searches. The strike came in a week in which Australian troops, fearing suicide attacks, fired twice on civilians, killing a man and wounding two children. The “sensitive” Dutch have followed suit. A second fatal shooting last Wednesday (August 1st ), this time by Dutch troops, is reported to have further fuelled animosity in the town of Tarin Kowt, where Dutch and Australian occupation troops are based. The Dutch Defence Ministry said troops opened fire when a number of vehicles driven by Afghans approached a Dutch convoy near Tarin Kowt. The first vehicle followed orders to stop, but the second, a minibus, kept on driving. After firing warning shots, Dutch troops shot and killed the driver.
Recent Uruzgan scorecard: Australians fire and kill 1 civilian and injure two girls; Dutch fire and kill two civilians
Killed by NATO Dutch occupation soldiers deployed in Uruzgan