In Aruba, Its OK for Police to Strike … But Not OK According to Aruba Tourism For People To Boycott Aruba in Case of Missing Natalee Holloway


The ALE is striking in Aruba, isn’t that rich! Of course police services did not suffer from striking ALE officers, wouldn’t one have to be making a difference in order to be missed? What is most hypocritical is the fact that individuals are told by Aruban officials that it is wrong to boycott Aruba because of “mis-steps” (cover up and corruption) in the Natalee Holloway investigation, yet its perfects fine for the ALE to strike for higher wages. Once again in Aruba … its all about the money.


(Picture: Hat Tip Klaas)

According to chief of police Peter de Witte, the police service didn’t suffer any consequence due to the actions; only that other work gets backlogged.  The employees of the Technical Inspection Service walked out this morning.

Here is a comment that should scare the heck out of potential tourists to Aruba, the air traffic controllers will be joining the ALE.

The air traffic controllers joined the actions yesterday; they demand a salary increase of 5.2 percent.  The civil servants urge the government to sit down and talk to the unions.  They hold the government accountable for the consequences of the actions.  It is not sure yet when and how the air traffic controllers are going to demonstrate.  

Police stepped up actions (Amigoe, 3/6/08)

More than one-hundred police officers participated in a lightning strike against the government yesterday.  Also the custom-personnel and the employees of the Mentally Handicap Foundation in Piedra Plat walked out for a short period of time.

ORANJESTAD – Yesterday, more than one-hundred police officers participated in the SDU‘s lightning strike for more salary.  Together with SADA, the police went on strike again this morning and this afternoon; this time for two hours each time. 

According to chief of police Peter de Witte, the police service didn’t suffer any consequence due to the actions; only that other work gets backlogged.  The employees of the Technical Inspection Service walked out this morning.

The air traffic controllers joined the actions yesterday; they demand a salary increase of 5.2 percent.  The civil servants urge the government to sit down and talk to the unions.  They hold the government accountable for the consequences of the actions.  It is not sure yet when and how the air traffic controllers are going to demonstrate.   


The ultimatum of the unions lapses tomorrow.  If the government does not show up at the negotiation table, the SDU will boost the actions.  Spokesperson of SDU, Magaly Brito, does not rule out a long-lasting strike with more government services.  Simar has had it; this union incites all her members (teachers) to massively protest tomorrow. 

The government stands firm that there is no money for the wage claims.  According to the minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Nilo Swaen (MEP), there is no abundance on the 2008 budget.   “We have not considered wage claims, when the budget was drawn up.  If we meet the claims now, some of the departments will have to close their doors till December, because there won’t be more money to continue in operation.”  Swaen does not advocate salary indexation.  “This was my viewpoint since 2001; compensation, yes, but indexation, no; because it will also affect the AOV, AZV, and the pension.”

It is not known what the unions have asked as salary increase.  In a letter from Seppa to the government, this union claims 23.5 percent increase.  The Bloke Sindical that does not take part in the actions, wants almost 30 percent more.

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  • Comments

    36 Responses to “In Aruba, Its OK for Police to Strike … But Not OK According to Aruba Tourism For People To Boycott Aruba in Case of Missing Natalee Holloway”

    1. WOLF HUNTERS on March 7th, 2008 1:25 pm
    2. Vicki on March 7th, 2008 1:33 pm

      What A great picture Klaas…hahahahaha I just wish this whoe thing wasnt about Natalee…these morons are beyond belief….wonder if they know how sorry they have become, and pathetic…St Louis this weekend guys…Gearing up for June in DC please say you can go…

    3. brie on March 7th, 2008 2:19 pm

      Looks like fat butt Jacobs in the front!!!!

    4. walrus on March 7th, 2008 2:30 pm

      Calvin Coolidge could’ve ended this strike immediately. Of course, he didn’t have to deal with powerful public-sector labor unions!

    5. Sherry on March 7th, 2008 2:54 pm

      Wow this IS news to me…I thought they had been on eternal strike for the last 5 years or so.

    6. Kelly on March 7th, 2008 3:09 pm

      What is the deal with “no frosted flakes”.
      If you read Beth’s book, she goes to the police station to giver her statement, before the officer puts her off and disappears for 4 hours he says, “hold on, I have to have a shave and eat my frosted flakes, then I will be back to take your statement”, he returns several hours later and tells her he will not be taking her statement that day?????????????

    7. brie on March 7th, 2008 3:12 pm

      Where’s Natalee, those of you that know!!!! Strike for what, you don’t do jack s~~t!

    8. Susan on March 7th, 2008 3:14 pm

      What, the “Keystone Koppers” are at it again? Go figure!



    9. david r on March 7th, 2008 3:27 pm

      They have great leverage go get a big pay raise: “Give us the raise or we will start enforcing the law.”

    10. Vicki on March 7th, 2008 3:28 pm

      you know, as LARGE as DJ is he should switch to special K…as someone posted above, they havent worked in years…Aviation also on strike???Man I see an air disaster coming…again what MORONS…

    11. Carpe Noctem on March 7th, 2008 4:00 pm

      Honk if you like the smell

      of Percocets in the morning.


    12. Richard on March 7th, 2008 4:21 pm

      One thing is certain: Aruba wont’ be any less safe if the police are on strike. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

      Given the level of competence they have demonstrated, what kind of pay do the police deserve? You got it ….

    13. katablog on March 7th, 2008 5:21 pm

      30% salary increase oh my! The economy in Aruba must really be BAD.

    14. brie on March 7th, 2008 5:53 pm

      Safety…doesn’t exist!!!! And it never has!!!!

    15. brie on March 7th, 2008 5:57 pm

      Falsely advertised from day one!!! Everybody sue!!!!

    16. ayfit on March 7th, 2008 6:27 pm

      POLICE!?!? What G.D. police.

    17. Carpe Noctem on March 7th, 2008 7:28 pm

      It’d be great if they burned a pile of his

      lame book that he wrote. I hope the publisher

      sues him, for all of the BS and

      fairy tales.

      that figgin putz!

    18. Bob on March 7th, 2008 7:48 pm

      “It is not sure yet when and how the air traffic controllers are going to demonstrate.”

      Who cares if the ATC’s strike? With the effects of the BOYCOTT spreading, and planes flying at less than 62% capacity, several airlines will start saving fuel costs by eliminating several flights per week, and consolidating flights to fill planes. Less tourists, less planes, less need for ATC’s to direct less flights.

      ATC’s better be quiet before they are dismissed for lack of work.

    19. Bob on March 7th, 2008 8:04 pm

      There’s hope yet -just off the ‘net:

      “WASHINGTON – The White House says President Bush will veto legislation on Saturday that would have barred the CIA from using waterboarding — a technique that simulates drowning — and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.”

      Can we arrange a plane ticket for Joran, a 1-way from Germany to Quantico, Va.? The CIA would like to offer the perp. free swimming lessons.

    20. Richard on March 7th, 2008 10:48 pm

      Did everyone notice that the strikers also include employees of the “Mentally Handicap Foundation”? Does this mean that the infirm and mentally incompetent were left to fend for themselves because their caretakers aren’t happy with the size of their paychecks?

      Somehow that seems typical of Aruba.

      Hey, bozos, here’s an idea over which you can chew your (metaphorical) cud … your government is destroying the lure that your hellhole used to have for American tourists. You know, the ones whose business provided 80% of your economy.

      Maybe you should pressure your government to provide justice for Natalee Holloway. Now, isn’t that a novel concept?

    21. WOLF HUNTERS on March 7th, 2008 11:12 pm

      obviously, the videos the pimps were making of the raping and drugging of the girls were passed around to the elders. the elders are protecting the pimps. they were in it together. probably the cameras and phones were supplied by the elders WHICH INCLUDES paulus.

      sink the island and start over with a real a real set of laws for justice.

      aruba keeps sticking their foot in their mouths.

      tourism is in the toilet.

    22. WOLF HUNTERS on March 7th, 2008 11:12 pm

      aruba is a toilet

    23. anilee on March 8th, 2008 12:02 am

      brie on March 7th, 2008 2:19 pm
      Looks like fat butt Jacobs in the front!!!!

      I thought the same thing!!!!

      #12- Amen to that!!!

    24. brie on March 8th, 2008 4:25 am

      So if the air traffic controllers are on strike I guess that means you can’t fly in or out. For a tourist wanting to leave right now your just a hostage, another way for Aruba to get your money.

      There’s probably crime going on everywhere. Talk about the island going rampant.

    25. Bob on March 8th, 2008 8:19 am

      The whole “aura” of Aruba being a semi-desirable vacation / tourist / travel destination years ago is disappearing DAILY.

      It’s not so much that crime – drug problems – money laundering – etc. doesn’t raise it’s ugly head in virtually every country, but in those countries, they acknowlege and deal with it. If they are unable to deal with it internally, they import and reach out for others with the savy to do so. Clearly Aruba is not intelligent enough to do that, and as a consequence, like a pile of unused iron……Aruba is rusting away every single day.

      It’s past time that Aruba wakes up…’s almost incredulous that their “leaders” are allowing their very livlyhoods to evaporate. To be ranked # 27 in years past, now sunk to # 93 on the travel destination list. My God, how long will it be until they hit the bottom at # 178?

      Pity……………….the BOYCOTT WORKS!.

    26. Vicki on March 8th, 2008 8:56 am

      St Louis this weekend…Say prayers for them…GO MONKEYS…Notice since URINE shot his BIG FAT MOUTH OFF, Gab and the other trolls have SHUT THEIRS….hahahhahaha to embarressed for sticking up for the SNIVELING SPORTER…..what a freak he is…

    27. Carpe Noctem on March 8th, 2008 9:01 am

      It’s no wonder why some of these people

      on the island don’t speak out though.

      That f-tard imbecile horse’s johnson,

      (or as Anita calls him… JORAN)

      attempting to solicit Patrick Van der eem

      to take a guy out with a hit, that gives one

      some insight as to why the island is so silent

      about the case. There are some very nasty pockets

      of some treacherous sons-a-bishes in Aruba.

      Life is cheap in certain circles!

      I found that tidbit of info to be a

      real EYE OPENER. -j4n

    28. Sharon Chicago on March 8th, 2008 9:20 am

      Let me know when they will be in Chicago or Northern Indiana and I will picket…:o)

    29. Richard on March 8th, 2008 10:12 am

      This story is off-topic, but I’m putting it here to show that advances in handling DNA are just incredible. It may be worth keeping in mind.

      This appeared today in a Philadelphia paper; unfortunately, I didn’t keep the url to it.

      Girl finally found after 25 years?

      A pending DNA test could identify whether a body found years ago is that of Tracy Byrd. A possible murder suspect lives in the area.

      Fourteen-year-old Tracy Byrd was last seen 25 years ago this morning, walking through the rain toward the doors of Bensalem High School.

      Her case is far from cold.

      A Bensalem detective believes he knows what happened to the petite ninth-grader – and he’s dismissing the old theories.

      For years, people thought Tracy’s mother’s boyfriend killed her. Paul Greenwald was the last person to see Tracy, and he later murdered her mother. He killed himself in prison.

      Others thought Tracy ran away. She was possibly pregnant and definitely in trouble at school. People reported sightings of Tracy for years after she went missing.

      Bensalem Detective Chris McMullin thinks someone killed Tracy, but it wasn’t the mother’s boyfriend.

      New, credible information has set McMullin’s sights on a Bucks County man.

      “He’s not an official suspect,” McMullin said, refusing to give a name. “But I want him to get stomach cancer worrying about it.”

      McMullin believes Tracy’s body is that of a pregnant Jane Doe discovered 20 years ago at the old Publicker Industries building off State Road in Bensalem.

      Although that theory was dismissed in 1988, today’s forensic testing might prove it right this time.

      McMullin believes that whoever killed Tracy probably was the person who impregnated her.

      Sightings and anonymous tips to police continued into the late 1980s.

      Jean Byrd, Tracy’s mother, had a tumultuous relationship with Greenwald. In 1980, he kidnapped Jean Byrd at knifepoint and led police on a 12-mile car chase to Trenton.

      The couple’s relationship was off and on. Jean Byrd vanished six months after Tracy did. Jean Byrd’s body turned up in a Delaware state park. And Greenwald was charged with strangling her.

      The police failed to get anything out of Greenwald about Tracy. He overdosed on his medication in prison the day of his scheduled sentencing for manslaughter.

      Greenwald’s suicide might have made finding Tracy challenging. But it was especially difficult because police had next to nothing with which to identify Tracy’s body should they find it.

      Police didn’t have Tracy’s blood type. They lacked fingerprints. And they had only one X-ray, of Tracy’s back molar – a baby tooth.

      In January 1988, a man walking his dog found a woman’s skeletal remains in an old industrial well at the site of the defunct Publicker Industries distillery off State Road. The woman’s decomposed fetus, about 6 months old, was among the bones.

      Using the technology and information they had then, police concluded the body wasn’t Tracy’s.

      The unidentified bones stayed in Bensalem’s evidence room for 19 years.

      The case got a boost two years ago, with new information. Although McMullin wouldn’t elaborate on the information, he said it was credible enough to point to a killer.

      With forensic science and technology more advanced than it was 20 years ago, McMullin said DNA testing is worth a shot. He secured federal grant money last year for extensive tests. The bones found in 1988 are being tested at the University of North Texas. Results are expected in June, McMullin said.

      Anyone with information regarding Tracy Byrd or the body found off State Road should call Bensalem Detective Chris McMullin at (215) 633-3726.

    30. Carpe Noctem on March 8th, 2008 10:53 am


      I found what they did with Joran’s bicycle!!!

      Afterwords, they stripped it down for parts.

      They got the bell, handlebar tassles, basket,
      banana seat, training wheels… EVERYTHING!

      It was located in an abandoned lot
      raised up on cinderblocks.

      Yo Joran it sucks be you BRO,

      like all the time!

    31. dennisintn on March 8th, 2008 11:08 am

      according to gielen/renfro, jets can land and take off at will without authorization or filing flight plans, so why would they need air traffic control operators anyway?
      gang rapists aren’t prosecuted even when they carry phone pics around with them to show off their handiwork, so why have police, except to direct traffic around the wrecks we see posted in the paper everyday. 24ora has pics of 9 bad looking accidents in the paper this morning.

    32. barbreee on March 8th, 2008 11:59 am

      In the US of A, our police officers solve our crimes. You can’t kill somebody we love and go home and sleep like a baby. And they go after perpetrators heavy and hard, and fast.

    33. SS on March 8th, 2008 1:26 pm

      The workers on One Crappy Island are not very smart and they really don’t have a grip on much of anything. Why in the world are they out carrying protest signs and asking for a modest 5.2% salary increase? All those workers really need to do is threaten to spill the facts and expose Urine, Elder Ditch, the idiot brothers, and Dirty Hand. They could get a lot more than 5.2% as salary increase.

    34. Bob on March 9th, 2008 7:48 pm

      Here’s a little math lesson for Aruba Sand Pigs… attention P.M. Oduber and Rob Smith. A while back Oduber said Aruba’s “negative financial impact” was the direct result of the “Holloway girl problem”. LOL, you haven’t even got a clue, so we thought we’d put it in numbers since you somehow don’t comprehend English about what you should do to reverse the problem.

      You claim the Holloway “case” has cost Aruba $millions. Some don’t seem to understand that. Why? Here’s an eye opener.

      The average American tourist couple used to spend:

      Airfare: about $800. Now the airlines are losing that and flying at 65% capacity or LESS.

      Hotel : 5 days, about $1800- 2600. Now rooms are offered almost 60% off embarrassingly DISCOUNTED rates.

      Restaurants/meals: 5 days, about $250-400 per day.

      Shopping: jewelry, perfumes, junk items $300-500 per vacation.

      Casinos / taxis: $ 500-800 on average

      A simple tally finds a low of $3,650 to a high of $5,100 and that’s conservative for a party of two.

      And now for some realism-

      The Boston travel show hardly generated 6 bookings……..

      The NY travel show hardly generated 4 bookings……..

      The St. Louis show hardly generated 2 bookings……

      It’s going to get much worse, count on that. Future shows won’t even generate enough revenue to cover the electric bill. We estimate the Justice4Natalee volunteers warded away at least 200 visitors from just 3 shows. We will be there at every show this year!

      And now for the math: 200 visitors times $3,650 = $730,000 on the low end. On the higher end, 200 visitors times $5,100 = $1,020,000. That’s only 200 missed bookings in 3 shows. The BOYCOTT is in the middle of phase I……imagine what’s coming.

      How’s your Tourism Shows workin’ out for yah? It’s gonna’ get much, much worse….we promise.

    35. Saoirse on March 10th, 2008 1:41 am

      Phase II of Boycott on Aruba

      Monkeys will purchase booth of their own, so whiney Aruba can not complain and throw out boycotters.

      Phase III of Boycott on Aruba

      TeeHee…it a secret.

    36. Saoirse on March 10th, 2008 1:46 am

      Who dat fat fat piggy in the photo?

      He no eat frosty flakes. He eat crates of doughnuts.

      Q: How many Aruba polis it take to coverup investigation?

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