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Dutch King drops in on traditional Muslim neighborhoods to show support
by Janene Pieters
"We must remain upright. This is an attack on our open and free society", King Willem-Alexander said in a second response to terrorists attacks in Brussels on Tuesday. The King gave a short speech at De Haagse Markt, a local street market, while visiting the Transvaal and Schilderswijk neighborhoods. Both neighborhoods have substantial numbers of people living there who come from an ethnic minority background, including many from Muslim families.
"This visit has extra significance because of the attacks in Brussels," the king was quoted as saying by Omroep West. "We must stand tall against terrorism."
Hague mayor Jozias van Aartsen invited the King to come see the "real" Schilderswijk and Transvaal, NOS reports. The King decided that the attacks in Brussels were no reason to cancel the visit, because doing so would mean the terrorists won.
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