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Paying tribute in Amsterdam to the victims of the MH17 crash.
Paying tribute in Amsterdam to the victims of the MH17 crash.
Rob Savelberg

AMSTERDAM — Two-thirds of the 298 passengers on downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were Dutch, and their countrymen are seeking ways to vent their anger.

Some have found an outlet in the daughter of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Masha. The 29-year-old is married to Dutchman Jorit Faassen, 34, who works for Gazprombank and Stroytransgaz in Moscow.

According to neighbors, the couple lives in a penthouse in Voorschoten, a posh suburb of The Hague. Twitter users have already called for a peaceful demonstration in front of their building. A Dutch artist wrote on Facebook: “If my daughter had been on that plane, I would run Putin’s daughter over."

The father of one of MH17's victims, Hans de Borst from the coastal village of Monster, sent a personal letter to the Russian president. “Many thanks, Mr. Putin, for murdering my only child, Elsemieke," he wrote.

Police protection of the Russian Embassy in The Hague has been strengthened.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte called the downing of the Boeing 777, which reports say was shot down by a rocket fired by pro-Russian separatist rebels in Ukraine, "the biggest catastrophe since the Second World War."

The Netherlands is a small country and many people knew victims of the crash directly or indirectly. One Dutch magazine wrote that the tragedy “would influence Dutch society for years if not decades to come."

Although calls for vengeance are growing, many other Dutch seek solace first, and Wednesday was declared a national day of mourning. On Monday, Prime Minister Rutte went to the small city of Nieuwegein with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, where more than 1,000 relatives and friends commemorated their loved ones. The Prime Minister’s entire cabinet was also in attendance; members spoke with relatives and tried to give concrete answers to their questions, many of them centered around quick identification of the bodies.

“All of the Netherlands feels your anger. All of the Netherlands feels your grief. All of the Netherlands is going through this with you," Rutte said in a speech.

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Jehovah's Witnesses Translate The Bible In Indigenous Language — Is This Colonialism?

The Jehovah's Witnesses in Chile have launched a Bible version translated into the native Mapudungun language, evidently indifferent to the concerns of a nation striving to save its identity from the Western cultural juggernaut.

A Mapuche family awaits for Chilean President Gabriel Boric to arrive at the traditional Te Deum in the Cathedral of Santiago, on Chile's Independence Day.

Claudia Andrade

NEUQUÉN — The Bible can now be read in Mapuzugun, the language of the Mapuche, an ancestral nation living across Chile and Argentina. It took the Chilean branch of the Jehovah's Witnesses, a latter-day Protestant church often associated with door-to-door proselytizing and cold calling, three years to translate it into "21st-century Mapuzugun".

The church's Mapuche members in Chile welcomed the book when it was launched in Santiago last June, but some of their brethren see it rather as a cultural imposition. The Mapuche were historically a fighting nation, and fiercely resisted both the Spanish conquerors and subsequent waves of European settlers. They are still fighting for land rights in Chile.

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