Aruban Protests Against “Big Development” of Downtown Renovation … Civil Unrest, Always Good for Tourism


Aruban police moved in quickly in on this illegal action, why are they AWOL on others? It would appear that the Aruban police can act quickly when they care to. When its not about a cover up, justice is swift in Aruba. When its a pressing issue like Arubans expressing their freedom of speech against their government officials selling them down the river. However, when it comes to the disappearance and murder of an American tourist, that gets put in the deny and stall at all cost category. Amazing what Aruban police find to be a priority and what they do not.

According to the police it was an illegal action. Incidentally, it didn’t take that long; police officers were quickly able to remove the chains, which were smeared with oil, after which the traffic jam in the main street was soon dissolved.

Amigoe, August 14, 2007: Caya Grandi closed down  

ORANJESTAD – An unknown number of activists have temporarily closed down the Caya Betico Croes this morning with boards and chains. They protested against the course of action the case surrounding the renovation of the main shopping street is taking and the plans of Downtown Development Corporation. 

The activists labeled the plans as a ‘sale of the Caya Grandi to Raoul Henriquez’. According to the police it was an illegal action. Incidentally, it didn’t take that long; police officers were quickly able to remove the chains, which were smeared with oil, after which the traffic jam in the main street was soon dissolved. It is not known who was behind this morning’s protests. The inquiry at the AVP party’s office, the opposition party is a fervent opponent of the manner in which the government is handling the initiatives of the Downtown Development Corporation, amounted to nothing.

Since long, the Caya Betico Croes was incidentally just as busy last Saturday as in the old days. The street was fenced off and shop keepers had put out stalls where they sold their products at sharply reduced prices. The action was especially geared towards school children under the motto ‘back to school’. Especially shops which sold writing material, school bags and study books witnessed the stampede. The holidays are almost over; Thursday will be the first day of school for secondary school students. The elementary schools start on Monday the 20th of August.

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    43 Responses to “Aruban Protests Against “Big Development” of Downtown Renovation … Civil Unrest, Always Good for Tourism”

    1. Susan on August 15th, 2007 9:07 am

      Tis truly amazing how the Aruban law enforcement officals/ALE set their priorities :-( It’s more like downright freaking disgraceful!! Somebody down there on that poverty stricken, drug infested, third world island needs to get their priorities straight…

      This morning on my way in to the Rocket City I saw a billboard for “we don’t serve teens” (link below):

      So I’m thinking on my way in, Aruba needs to follow suite and stop serving our teens alcoholic beverages. There’s no doubt that this is all part of the perps plan. Get an unsuspecting American teenage girl drunk and out of her mind from the date rape drug that was placed in her drink and the unthinkable will surely happen again and again and again…



    2. Vicki on August 15th, 2007 11:38 am

      Well, its relativly safe since most of the PIMPS have left the EVIL place….but it will start up again, if we let up on the boycott. We cant let what happened to Natalee happen to another tourist girl…If the ppl on that volcanic ashe dont care about their children, oh well, but we do so spread the word how EVIL that place is…

    3. Carpe Noctem on August 15th, 2007 11:47 am

      Aruba, land of Joran Van der sloot

      the Natalee Holloway murderer. Gee, I wonder

      why nobody wants to go anymore?

      Hey, I wonder how long it’s gonna be before

      somebody goes and takes Joran out with

      a gunshot to his head? -j4n

    4. Carpe Noctem on August 15th, 2007 11:48 am

      Love the Ronald McDonald police raid pic, Red. ROFL

    5. Vicki on August 15th, 2007 12:13 pm

      carpe, that picture is pretty funny…Im so sick of this whole place…how could a place so evil have existed???? man oh man…Did anyone ever get a response back from Mr Wrong???I didnt. Its like he never heard from us??/

    6. Susan on August 15th, 2007 12:34 pm

      Carpe – How do you get by with your idle threats against Urine Van der Slut, etc.? I’m censored or over top!!

    7. sparrow on August 15th, 2007 1:41 pm

      I never got a response from the rev. wrong either, and beleive me, I sent enough emails they know who I am. Believe this too, I tell everybody about obama’s rev. wrong. That stupid, uncalled for comment about Natalee still burns me.

    8. sparrow on August 15th, 2007 1:43 pm

      I’m not surprise that the rev. wrong couldn’t answer my questions about his remarks about Natalee. Coward.

    9. buster on August 15th, 2007 2:06 pm

      I to wish some one would take justice in there hands and do something to the perps. I hate to admit it but it looks to me that the dutch and texas eq both just gave up.
      I will keep hoping !!!
      SM: Neither the KLPD, FBI nor TES have given up! (klaasend)

    10. Richard on August 15th, 2007 2:12 pm

      The protesters probably were hired by some rival group that wanted to make money off the whole thing themselves. Or some politicians who hadn’t gotten their payoff.

    11. 10061906 on August 15th, 2007 3:18 pm

      I wish there was someone on Aruba that could be trusted to get the correct answers to these questions.

      What was the other scandal/cover up that involved Jan van Der Straaten?
      Why did Nelson Oduber want Jan van der Straaten off the Natalee Holloway investigation?
      Who really appointed Dompig as the focal point for this investigation?
      Who appointed Dennis Jacobs as the “heavy” in this investigation?
      What did Jan van der Straaten actually mean when he said: “I know more than you because I have seen the evidence”. (what evidence?)
      I would like to see a timeline for both Van der Straaten and Paulus: especially between 11:00PM 5/29 and 8:00AM 5/31/2005.
      What did Jan van der Straaten mean when he said; “How can I do this to my best friend’s son”. Did he mean van der Sloot, van Croimvoirt, Wever, Gottenbos or Dompig?
      And just what was he lamenting about? This was before Joran was arrested.
      Why was it necessary for the priest to tell Dennis Jacobs who in turned told Dave Holloway that the priest was unavailable to meet with Dave for three days.
      How can you trust Jossy when he is related to the Mansurs; who in turn control everything that moves on Aruba?

      And please tell me Yo Yo why I should be interested in contacting:
      Quinn & Co. who have minimum dealings in the Caribbean?

      When we should write here:
      Aruba Tourism Authority
      290 61st Ave NE
      Minn. MN 55432
      Ph (763)502-8800

    12. Jeff BECK on August 15th, 2007 5:05 pm

      the place everyone wants to visit

      NOT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    13. yoyo muffintop on August 15th, 2007 5:12 pm

      10061906 – Quinn & Co is the firm that markets Aruba in the US. They are responsible for “one happy island”, the magazine ads, tv ads/giveaways, etc. They are the sole PR & Marketing firm for the ATA for the US. Quinn & Co have won recent awards for their efforts in marketing Aruba. Quinn & Co’s contract with ATA was to run out in Oct 2006 but was extended for a few more years (3yrs I believe).
      SM: I’m not sure they are responsible for “one happy island”. I do know that last year their new ad was going to be “ARUBA..where the only thing missing is YOU”. Maybe that was Carla’s idea :) (klaasend)

    14. 10061906 on August 15th, 2007 5:21 pm

      Just in case it was missed on a previous post;
      here is the rest of the info for the Taj in October.
      Hmmmmm mischief night and holloween???????

      Floor plan 909 ATA

    15. 10061906 on August 15th, 2007 5:25 pm

      It would appear that it may be for registered travel agents only with a $39.00 and $59.00 fee.
      Registration is for bona fide travel agents only. Show Management has the right to qualify registrants to allow, or deny access to any part of the Show and Conference. Online registrations can only be paid by credit card.

    16. Susan on August 15th, 2007 5:42 pm

      How could the Aruban law en”farce”ment treat an American icon so poorly? Looks like poor Ronald is getting roughed up…

      It’s way past time for all America’s companies to pull out :-)



    17. allank on August 15th, 2007 7:29 pm

      Aruba protect your children from school rapes?

    18. Maggie on August 15th, 2007 8:11 pm

      Ronald Mcdonald was later diagnosed as having overdosed on cocaine and buried himself twice.

    19. JusticeforNatalee on August 15th, 2007 9:55 pm


      One of the previous shows attended by Natalee supporters
      was also just for travel agents–but the supporters still went, hung signs outside, and gave out info. Ask Vicki.

    20. JusticeforNatalee on August 15th, 2007 9:58 pm


      You won’t be able to go inside if it’s for travel agents, but you can still go and be successful while staying outside.

    21. Patti on August 15th, 2007 10:31 pm

      There’s a McDonalds in a small plaza right near the port where the cruise ships come in. This area is just beyond, maybe 3 blocks beyond where the foreign investors want to put in a new port of call and shopping mall. The demonstration was probably sponsored by the business owners in the old downtown area which has relied, heavily, for years on the business that comes from the cruise ship passengers.

      I don’t blame them for protesting. Many downtown areas in the U.S. are renewed without distrurbing the old, historic areas and their businesses. I think that Aruba is desperate, at this point, and is willing to do anything to attract more visitors; even if it means back-stabbing the merchants that have been a large part of keeping the economy going in the past.

      Obviously, they don’t have town-forum meetings and live under a form of dicttorship where the common man, even if he be a long-term investor in the island, has no say. I suggest they get organized and meet with attorneys, making it a legal issue instead of trying to use their rights to demonstrate at this point.

      The Aruban governmnet is ultra sensitive of what gets in the press and a lawsuit may serve them better. However, I am happy to see that they are exercising their rights and boycotting against the powers that be in Aruba – it shows they have back-bone and are not just going to lie down and play dead to the dirty dealings that go on behind closed doors… dealings that they are not given a chance to participate.

      Aruba: Organize yourselves, have town hall meetings and hit ‘em where it hurts. Get with Jossy and bring the truth about the bribe to the attention of the court. File a lawsuit for not being able to participate in the planning of your own neighborhood. Use your years of being up-stnding citizens, who have been good merchants and been instrumental in the collection of taes in that area to make sure that the tax base collected in that area benefit the long-term residents not foreign investors.

      Boycott, Aruba!

    22. compananzi on August 15th, 2007 10:37 pm

      A R B A, the only thing missing is U.

    23. sparrow on August 15th, 2007 11:34 pm

      #22 What’s missing is WHO. Natalee Holloway was murderered on the crappy island of A R B A. that is how companazi spelled it

    24. Scared Monkeys on August 16th, 2007 12:06 am

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    25. ben on August 16th, 2007 6:00 am

      what happened to the greta taco clip that was on scaredmonkeys the other day,its gone greta read a statement that said the suspects never made any incriminating statements.was that a new clip.

    26. 10061906 on August 16th, 2007 11:13 am

      Reporter To Joran: And what was going through your mind at the time?
      Joran: Well at the time I don’t know. I was there. She didn’t want to come back to the hotel. I had school the next day. I told her I had to leave. And she didn’t want to listen, so basically, I thought, OK then if you want to stay here, then you stay here. And that is the truth. (If she were dead she could not listen and would have to stay there)
      Reporter: And that is the last thing that happened?
      Joran: Yes, that is the last thing.
      Reporter: And what was the last thing that she said to you?
      Joran: She didn’t say any last thing to me.
      (A dead person cannot respond)
      The last thing I said to her is, “BYE”
      Reporter: You said bye?
      Joran: Yeah.

      IMO: Natalee was dead when Joran dropped her off at the beach.
      When sporter told papa what he did and this would have been about 3:00AM to 4:00AM;
      Papa and Van der Straaten went back to the beach with Joran and brought Natalee back to the Van der Sloots. Since Joran was last seen with Natalee; if she were found dead on the beach there would be too much to explain as to what happened to Natalee at the van der Sloots with all the “pimps” that were involved. Van der Straaten; “ I know more than you do because I have seen the evidence”.
      “I picked up Joran and Natalee at 4:00AM at the McDonalds.” That was Paulus’ first statement. Then changed to just Joran “I picked Joran up at 4:00AM and then changed to: “I picked up Joran at 11:00PM. If anyone checked his cell phone records it would show that they were in the vicinity of McDonalds at 4:00AM, but actually close-by at the beach. Mc Donalds is closed at 4:00AM so why would Joran be there and why would Paulus pick him up from there? Paulus was arrested because of these conflicting statements on his declaration. Later when it was known as to all who had been involved; then the cover-up was begun; and from that point on all evidence points away from Montana.
      If Natalee’s body where found; there would be too many questions that would HAVE to be answered. If Natalee were just a missing person there would be only speculation with no explanation required: EVER.
      Just my opinion

    27. ayfit on August 16th, 2007 11:48 am

      Greta,Bill and as I see it Fox news as well haved turned on Beth. Turn the channell.

    28. ben on August 16th, 2007 12:08 pm

      I see ads for aruba on fox news coming soon,thats the only reason for slander from orealllly i can think of.

    29. Carpe Noctem on August 16th, 2007 2:35 pm




      ORANJESTAD – Yet another tourist got injured due to an accident with a quad-racer yesterday. A tourist collided with a garbage truck near Santa Lucia last Monday; on Tuesday morning, a tourist lost control of her quad-racer and collided with a rock. The woman was injured and had to be taken to the hospital by ambulance. Quad-racers recently destroyed quite a few turtle eggs during a wild ride through the dunes. Arikok National Park foundation that is responsible for the management of the park is considering a possible ban of quad-racers in the national park.

    30. 10061906 on August 16th, 2007 3:32 pm

      carpe: remember when they complained that Tim Miller and his search party destroyed the turtle eggs.
      That was another BS story from Aruba; it was probably a quad then that did it.

    31. Waterboy (Jerry) on August 16th, 2007 10:45 pm



      Interesting, for sure. Yes, I can see it happening that way. Joran is off somewhere, having forgotten completely about the whole episode. He has by this time convinced himself that he is completely innocent and justified his actions. He has placed all the blame on Natalee. In his sick mind she deserved what she got. In his twisted psyche she even asked and begged for all that happen.

      Will Joran at some point run afoul of the law? You are darn right he will. He has done things (since Natalee) that for sure he could do prison time for if he had only been caught. He is a walking time bomb. He’s a Jack The Ripper. He’s a Ted Bundy. He’s a Zodiac killer. He is a Son of Sam. He is a Charles Watson. He is a murderer who mutilates victims’ bodies and thinks he steals their souls. Difference is, he has been identified. The eyes of the world are on him.


    32. mayan_moons on August 16th, 2007 11:46 pm

      Bet they wished they would’ve heeded the boycott Carpe!

    33. brie on August 17th, 2007 12:56 am

      He is JORAN the PSYCHOPATH, he is TODAY and ALWAYS will be……..!!!! There is no CURE!!!

    34. buster on August 17th, 2007 1:53 am

      ARUBA an island soiled by URIN

    35. Ray Wood on August 17th, 2007 2:22 am

      If aruba can not find Natalee,I hope Hugo Chavez
      finds aruba. There are three other islands that are farther off shore than aruba that Hugo controls. Why not aruba and the other ABC islands. I will never protest if he should annex

    36. Carpe Noctem on August 17th, 2007 9:05 pm

      Absolutely correct 1006 and Waterboy Jerry.

      Who is Charles Watson, did you mean Charles Manson?

      I’m still laughing my nards off about the story
      about Joran and his infected “slitter bobber.”


      That one knockkkkked me outta my chair!

      hardy harrrrrrrr -Jackie Gleason

    37. 10061906 on August 18th, 2007 12:35 am

      On 6-11-05 Aruban police commissioner van der Straaten was asked by a Dutch journalist if he had any hopes for a positive outcome? Van der Straaten replied, “You always have to be hopeful, but I don’t believe anymore that we will find Natalee alive.” When asked why not, van der Straaten replied, “Because I know the details of the investigation and you don’t!”

      So it looks as though he has been misquoted where “details” was substituted for “evidence”

      A good place to revisit.

    38. Waterboy (Jerry) on August 18th, 2007 11:27 am

      I put this at the end. When I have much over 2 or 3 paragraphs I’ll put it at the end. This way it doesn’t distract from the flow of the other posts. Most will be waiting for the next topic and will not read.

      If you want to sift through my ramblings, you are probable going to get some wrong ideas. So, I want to clear the air right off the bat. First, I think Joran is guilty as hell. He was just protected from prosecution by X number of people. Why they would bother, I don’t know. He is definitely not worth the effort. Second, I am a Christian—so some of the following may not be understandable if your beliefs are not the same. You just might spare yourself the boredom and skip the entire post. I know some of my post will be considered contradictory or even hypocritical. Okay, fine. I recognized it too, and with that said, I will apologize no more.

      As a Christian, I have spiritual gifts—as all Christians do. Some just don’t know theirs. My strongest gift is faith. In other words, I believe. I just do. Once a friend of mine got in a gunfight. (I’m not a spook, not military, and not law enforcement). Hard to believe I know, but it did happen. He was out on patrol in a remote part of the County 20 miles from town, and the dispatcher ask him to check an alarm at a closed café. As he pulled up, two guys came out the front door firing. My friend had a full auto mini-14 in the trunk, but could not get to it. All he had was his 9mm Glock (my choice-but I like it in .45). In the end, he had over 60 bullets holes in his patrol car, and he had fired over 60 rounds himself to keep the guys off him. (Off the subject, but if you are ever in a gunfight and using your car for cover, the safest place is behind the engine and both front tires.) He finally hit one of the guys and the battle ended. He cuffed the guy, stopped the bleeding and called for help (the other guy ran). The whole time, he was apologizing to the guy for shooting him. I ask my friend later, “What was going through your head?” He said, “I knew God would not let anything happed to me.” There you go, that’s Faith.

      My next strongest spiritual gift is discernment. To sum up the meaning, in essence it means I recognize a person’s heart. My wife for years would doubt me. She would tell me I was wrong about people, but I never am. She has learned to trust me.

      So, what does this have to do with Joran? Let me skip to the chase and just say. Joran has a dark soul. No other way to put it. He is evil incarnate.

      Now if you are still following, lets suppose that Natalee had not been seen getting in the car with Joran and the 2Ks, where would the investigation have gone? First, Beth would not have been told that Natalee left the club with a young man, because no one would have known. So what would Beth have done? She would have done just what she did; she would have watched the videotapes of Natalee in the Casino. The person of interest in the video would have been the Paulus look alike. She would have found him by showing the video to person after person until someone recognized Joran, and then by deduction would have assumed the mystery man was Paulus. She would have gone to Joran’s home, and both he and Paulus would have denied knowing Natalee (just like they did). Joran and the two K’s would not have been arrested, because there would not be a thread of evidence.

      So to sum the last paragraph up, the results in the end were the same as if no one had seen Natalee get in the car. There is no body; there is no one in jail. The only difference is Joran has been identified. He has a heavy foot of justice on his neck. Not from Aruba, but from you and me. Had he not been seen with Natalee, we would not even know his name.

      If I had gone to school with Joran when I was a kid, I would have hated him. I’m telling you this from a discernment point of view. I would have hated him. The friends he had or has, have one thing in common. They are drawn to evil, like a moth to a porch light. We are all prone to be drawn to the dark side, but we must resist. Revenge—that’s the dark side. Justice is not, but don’t call revenge justice. Think carefully about it. For my friend in the story to let the felon bleed to death—that would have been revenge. To stop the bleeding—that’s justice. It’s hard isn’t it?

      We can’t know what lies in store for Joran, but if we seek revenge we are no better than he is. That’s what Joran did to Natalee. What we are doing here is not revenge. We are not seeking revenge, we are seeking justice. The vengeance is God’s to take, and He tells us He will, and so it is.

      Will Joran stop hurting others? Will he stop his evil ways? No, he can not. It is the pressure of the seed that stirs the darkness within him. It turns not the head of a moral man. But for the evil man, it turns the head, it opens the eyes, it darkens the soul, it covers the head with blood, and all those around suffer.


    39. Carpe Noctem on August 19th, 2007 2:38 pm


      You’re a very descriptive and creative soul. YOU SHOULD be the one writing a novel, guy!

      I take from what you say…

      Dislike what Joran Vandersloot did, that li’l no good raping/murdering Aruban SOB!

      However, work to channel
      it into Justice 4 Natalee,
      and not revenge.

      Beat him; do not become him.

    40. Waterboy (Jerry) on August 19th, 2007 4:19 pm



      Your next to the last question is what I’ve been asking ever since the “gardener” came forward.

      There is good; there is bad; there is no in between. Heads you’re right; tails you’re wrong. Or is it the other way around?


    41. Waterboy (Jerry) on August 19th, 2007 4:24 pm


      Hey, thanks for hanging in through thick and thin. For sure, you have made it interesting.


    42. Carpe Noctem on August 23rd, 2007 11:43 am

      ty…and you too, friend.

    43. fond of aruba on September 3rd, 2007 8:14 pm

      please with the natalie case.. if she would have followed orders like she was told instead of being a typical “hot in the behind” teen, then perhaps she’d still be around like her classmates. and remind you that is was not a native who committed the crime. aruba is what it is.. a travel paradise vacation spot” so stop picking on it.. if you dont like it .. then dont go..
      SM: Funny, when people say they are not going and tell others not to as well ,,, they get attacked.

      “A travel paradise vacation spot”? Grow up and open up your eyes.

      You people are truly sad and sick who blame victims, you really are. TROLL GO HOME! If only you had a brain, maybe you would actually have a clue. I guess all missing persons victims are responsible for what happened to them? Or is it just Aruba that is different?

      All rational rules and laws exist everywhere else, except in Aruba when it comes to missing persons. You people have an excuse for everything in Aruba.

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