World: Pixie Power in Amsterdam

I IKE other Western capitals, Amsterdam has had its quota of student barricades, tear gas volleys and police baton charges. The youthful protesters, who used to be known as Provos (for provocateurs), rioted over almost everything from Crown Princess Beatrix's lavish wedding in 1966, when they tossed smoke bombs at the royal carriage, to the country's critical housing shortage. But new tactics were introduced early this year by the Kabouters, or Pixies, who decided that fun and games might be more effective than paving stones and smoke bombs.

Sporting pointed hats and led by...

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