Quarter of population wants independence on long-term
WILLEMSTAD - More than a quarter of the population would like to be independent within 25 years, but the same percentage (32.3 percent) still wants to return to the Netherlands Antilles.
Furthermore, the Dutch language remains important for the majority. These are some points that emerged in the research of the Royal Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies (KITLV) in collaboration with the University of Curaçao.
Such research has not been done in Curaçao since 1998. The results were presented this week to a number of press members, but lead researcher Wouter Veenendaal would have liked to have done it more publicly. The presentation was considerably curtailed by the University of Curaçao according to Veenendaal.
The research is special, because it's nearly twenty years ago that a similar survey was conducted. Yet the opinion of the people of the island has not changed much. “In Curaçao we mainly see that the opinion about the Netherlands has changed,” says Veenendaal. “One has the feeling that the Dutch politician has little respect and knowledge about Curaçao.”
The Curaçao population is critical about their own politicians. Particularly the events after 10-10-'10 seem to influence. “We have not yet analyzed the cause, but we heard a lot about the murder of Helmin Wiels and incidents around former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte. The fall of the government seems to have affected the confidence in politics.”
By Elisa Koek
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