Muslim youth attack Church
Four Moroccan teenagers attacked a Church in the town of Gouda in The Netherlands. The attack took place on Saturday 22 November during the afternoon. The target is situated in the Gouda neighbourhood of Bloemendaal.
The name of the church is the Reformed Christian Church "Vaste Burcht". This is Dutch for "Well-built Stronghold". The Church lived up to its name as only the door of the church was damaged by the fire.
Three of the four arrested teenagers spend a whole night in a police prison. A fourth was released.
The matter was mentioned in Dutch Parliament by Freedom Party (PVV) MPs Geert Wilders and Sietse Fritsma. Among other things they asked for criminals with Dutch and Moroccan (Dutch) nationality to be banned from The Netherlands.
Reaction of the Gouda authorities
Police and fire brigade reacted quickly to the attack. The mayor of Gouda, Mr. Wim Cornelis stated to "take the case seriously".
Earlier disturbances in Gouda in september 2008
Another quarter of the town of Gouda called Oosterwei was in the news in September. The neighbourhood had been terrorized by Moroccans (Dutch) and other ethnics for a years already, but now it finally hit the news due to busdrivers refusing to drive their route trough Oosterwei after a busdriver had been mugged.
Geert Wilders: protect Dutch citizens
In an effective performance Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders asked in parliament why the Dutch Royal Army was in Afghanistan protecting Afghan villagers from the Taliban if the Dutch in many towns and cities were not safe from Moroccan street terrorists.
Authorities try to diminish the issue
The mayor of Gouda, Minister of Justice Hirsch Ballin (Dutch), Minister of the Interior Guusje ter Horst and the police chief of the police district that Gouda resorts under Mr. Jan Stikvoort (Dutch) tried to put the anarchy in Gouda under wraps. They stated that there had been an "incident".
In a reaction Geert Wilders subtly demanded that the police chief of Gouda had to be demoted to a parking supervisor in a rural part of The Netherlands.
The authorities are exposed as failures
Shortly thereafter a TV presenter was mugged in Gouda, a woman was hit by a dart arrow and a police trainee was stabbed. All by Moroccans. The icing on the cake was the looting of a supermarket by a group of Moroccans, with the police taking more than an hour to arrive.
The press finally does its work
A mayor newspaper, De Telegraaf, put reports of this serie of incidents on their front page, during september and october. This established the reality of the anarchy. And this anarchy in Gouda and many other places is not incidental but structural. It had become clear that the authorities did not have things in hand in the town of Gouda.
The authorities come around and recognize there is a problem
The authorities reacted by summing up programs to deal with Moroccan street terror "harshly". But the volume of violent crime and the number of criminals is so large that the capacity is lacking to punish violent criminals significantly. Also when the treatment that politicians and police managers want to prescribe to criminals one realises that they do not intend to punish but to "treat" or "help" the criminals.
Labour MP says: "Geert Wilders is right!"
One Labour Party MP however insisted that Moroccans had to be "humiliated in front of their peers" (Dutch).
Will it have a positive effect?
Even if capacity was created to punish Moroccan and other ethnic criminals. By imprisoning them for a considarable time. Even if this would happen it is doubtful that this would have much effect. The situation has gotten too far out of hand. Prisons are full of Moroccans and other minorities anyway. They have become crime schools, rather than correctional facilities.
Too little, too late
The rapid reaction of the Gouda Mayor and Police to the Gouda Church is a result to the effect of the Dutch press pointing out reality of Dutch Multi-Cultural society and the effective opposition work of Geert Wilders and his Freedom Party.
But it will not have a significant effect. The situation is out of government control . And therefore out of control of Parliamentary politics.