The latest from Schilderswijk, the culturally enriched hot spot in The Hague.
Riots in The Hague
by H. Numan
Funny how we all try to explain the easily explainable. Right after my last post, someone wrote here at the Gates what (very likely) actually happened: the guy was probably drunk, told an Aruban police officer in Papiapento that he was armed. That officer told other officers, and the rest is history. I’m quite convinced this happened, but we certainly haven’t heard the last of it. Lots of people have their own agenda to push. The police need whitewashing. So does the city government. Left wing activists (AFA) grab this chance to create massive riots. Muslim juveniles don’t need that much encouragement, anyway. Especially not during their annual month of nightly binge feeding. Anyway, I was right: AFA was masterminding these riots.
For those of you unfamiliar with The Hague, some more info. The Schilderswijk means ‘Painter’s Area’. All the streets are named after famous 17th-century Dutch painters. It was built at the end of the 19th century, as a lower class housing area. It always has been that, and still is. It was occupied by the lowest-class families in the city; most houses are rented. Some privately, most by the non-profit municipal corporation.
During the ’70s guest laborers (gastarbeider in Dutch) moved in, together with their families. Where they still are today. No longer as guest laborers; now called allochtoon (‘immigrant’ in English; the Dutch themselves are called autochtoon, but you don’t hear that often) when gastarbeider became politically incorrect. Too many people said that the word ‘guest laborer’ implies they should be leaving at some time. Not stay indefinitely. During the ’80s the large parts of the area were extensively renovated. Especially the major thoroughfares. During the ’90s this whole area become predominantly Muslim, with the full support of the government. They build a large kasbah market hall at the start of the Hoefkade. That street is lined with teahouses, some vague import-export agencies and some 18+ shops.
The area has always been notorious for rioting. I’ve been there on duty during the annual New Year’s riots. The locals like to build huge bonfires, without regard for any consequences. When the police told them it was getting out of control and the fire had to be reduced so as not to burn down the surrounding houses, they went wild. The riot squad had to be called in, in order to protect the fire brigade. No agenda here, nothing to do with Muslim juveniles feeling their oats. Ours can behave every bit as badly. Muslim juveniles get especially aggressive during the binge month. Ours usually at New Year’s, having had too much to drink and way too many fireworks. These New Year’s riots happen every year, as far back as I can remember. Don’t know when it started; to me it seemed those folks always celebrated New Year with riots.
However, the situation is now a bit different. Part of the Schilderswijk is under control of fundamentalist Muslims from the As Soenah Mosque. So much so that the term ‘Sharia triangle’ was created. That is a story all in itself. Because it was invented by the politically correct journalist Mr. Perdiep Ramesar, of Hindu ethnicity, for an article in Trouw. Mr. Ramesar was a bit lazy and fantasized this and many other stories. He was tarred and feathered by the whole politically correct circus. I cannot tell you whether his other stories were fantasized; I haven’t read them. But this one was spot on. If only for that reason, he had to be vilified. We can’t have politically correct journalists going politically incorrect. Before you know it, they might start writing for Geert Wilders!
If you use Google Street View to have a look at the area, you’ll notice that the neighborhood is run-down. Many shops are permanently closed, lots of graffiti. It looks derelict. As if people don’t maintain it, which is exactly the case. Not uncommon in many public housing projects, not just this one. It’s a quite a bit worse than similar areas with a Dutch majority, though. You can also see that most houses are less than 30 years old, which makes it even sadder. I myself lived in Scheveningen, in a house that was exactly 100 years old, also in a lower-income area. That area was spic and span! People really took care of their property there.
Actually, it’s a nice contrast: both areas were originally developed at the same time. Both for the same income levels. The Schilderswijk was completely refurbished at enormous cost (to the taxpayer!) in the ’80s, and thirty years later looks derelict. The same area in Scheveningen was planned to be torn down and replaced in the ’90s, but the houses are so well-maintained that they will remain there for at least another fifty years! In the Schilderswijk, the government replaced almost everything. They widened many streets(which is very difficult to do with existing streets) into boulevards, just to create a more favorable impression. In Scheveningen they planned to replace the houses only. Even that won’t be necessary for decades to come.
Back to the riots. Why? I already told you about the reason. An unfortunate accident was used by a left-wing group to push their agenda. It wasn’t that difficult to spark the powder keg. All you need are a few agitators, and half-starved Muslim juveniles with a massive inferiority complex. I’m on a strict diet myself; I know how it feels. I can eat something all day long, just not as much as I would like. Not eating for a whole day can set you on edge. Add to this the unusually high temperatures, add highly unstable juveniles with an inferiority complex, and you have a perfect recipe for disaster.
It’s not a coincidence that we hear news like this every year. We had truly massive riots in France not that long ago. When? In August when the temperatures are the highest there. During Ramadan, of course. Check most European riots caused by Muslims: most of them occur during their binge feed month at the peak of summer.
What is far worse is that nobody seems to understand what is happening ‘behind the scenes’. Read my last item: the municipal authorities permitted shariah vigilantes to enforce law and order! Yes, that is what happened during the last night of rioting. A bunch of fanatical Muslims were allowed to stop the riots, as the police weren’t able to. A bunch of bearded hooligans got permission to tie-rip anyone. I don’t know how many they actually “arrested” but you may assume any number between 50 and 100.
Without as much as a peep from the media or any political party. Reverse the situation: now a bunch of Dutch males do exactly the same, with exactly the same means. Rest assured, all hell would break loose, and the government would definitely go so far as to call in the army to restore order. And now: not a peep. Not even a little one.
Does anyone think they will give away the authority they just got for free? Not here at the Gates, of course. Common sense, however, seems to be completely absent in most Western governments at any level. The public statement of the mayor was telling. He outdid himself with meaningless platitudes, empty phrases and hollow words. He was proud of the Schilderswijk and its inhabitants and he loved the diversity and multicultural profile, was sad about what happened, but we can join all together and overcome these problems.
I read this as the first step of accepting his first real banlieue. The next step will be to downplay anything, as always, fortify the police station, and keep the Schilderswijk out of the media for the coming months. Pretend everything is under control. Since it worked for the last twenty years, why won’t it work this time?
Oh, before I forget: the court convicted the first rioter. A 15-year-old (Muslim) boy, throwing rocks at the police. As he had no previous record he was given 40 hours of community service. That’ll teach him how to behave in the future!