European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg has a spot of bother

Jurriaan Bendien J.Bendien at
Sun Dec 22 09:43:31 MST 2002


Dutch television presenter Willibrord Frequin was arrested yesterday, after
he had covered the home of Wim and Gretta Duisenberg in Amsterdam-South
during a "ludic" action with a gigantic Israeli flag.

The flag measuring twenty by forty metres was pulled over the Duisenberg
home in the Diepenbrockstraat, in the early hours of the morning, by a large

Greta Duisenberg, the wife of European Central Bank President Wim Duisenberg
has been in the news lately because of a controversial action, where she
flew the Palestinian flag from the balcony of their Amsterdam home.

According to the editors of the TV programme "Willibrord's week", Frequin
wanted to protest in a ludic way against the stance of the Duisenbergs and
he denied being political. The alarmed police requested that the television
reporter remove the flag and when he refused, apprehended him.

The Duisenberg family was not available for comment.

(Translated from De Telegraaf, 21 december 2002, p. 1)

I saw the Israeli ambassador on TV last night, they interviewed him on
location in one of Queen Beatrix's castles (Drakenstein). He didn't have
much to say, except that Sharon (whom many Dutch liberals are critical of)
aimed to "win this war" and then, once that was solved, peace would break
out. A comment which I thought at least had the merit of novelty, it would
make you laugh, if you didn't have to think of all the blood and gore and
destruction during this year.

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