Key To The City

Amsterdam mayor Job Cohen knew his city risked a spiral of racial violence last Nov. 2, when Muslim extremist Mohammed Bouyeri shot and killed filmmaker Theo van Gogh, then cut Van Gogh's throat and impaled a note on his chest threatening others for insulting Islam. But Cohen was not about to let this outrage pass in silence. He called on Amsterdammers to "kick up a ruckus and make yourselves heard."

An estimated 20,000 people did just that, gathering on Dam Square that evening to bang on pots and drums to protest the murder. "I felt it was important...

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