First, from The Gates of Vienna, a story of reckless violence followed by pathetic dhimmitude in Holland. I have been procrastinating on posting this literally all day as I saw it early, but it is so depressing.
by Baron Bodissey
Our expatriate Dutch correspondent H. Numan files a brief report on la crise du jour in the Netherlands:
We have a major political crisis in development:
Last weekend a big free dance festival was organized in Hook of Holland (a beach area that is part of Rotterdam). Suddenly a few men drew guns and opened fire. One person got hit and died. Others were injured.
The stinker? It was the police who opened fire!
Plainclothes officers felt threatened by hooligans who recognized them. That was the kick-off.
The mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb (the nice guy with two passports) immediately forbade this kind of public event in his town. Forever.
As panem et circenses are rather important for a socialist party, that doesn’t fly very well, to say the least.
The police commissioner added some gasoline to the fire by stating they didn’t have enough in the budget for a greater police presence. The police union stated they were not allowed to be present with the riot police due to… no budget.
The minister of the interior (our beloved alcoholic dentist with a phobia for white men) Mrs. Guusje ter Horst more or less admitted that 4000 police jobs will disappear very soon. Despite the solemn promise that more police jobs would be created.
Mr. Aboutaleb’s first gaffe was to visit Morocco despite being personally ordered not to do so by the foreign minister.
He won’t get fired in a hurry, but things are heating up politically.
— H. Numan
Here is a story about perhaps Europe’s newest ‘No Go Zone’ in Sweden. For the uninitiated, a no go zone is the result of a tactic right out of the Al Queda Handbook. The idea is, once an area such as a neighborhood becomes sufficiently Muslim, ‘youth’ will begin to set fires and do other things requiring a predictable response from the state. Once the state response arrives, the same youths will throw stones and disrupt the efforts to put out fires or whatever until the state essentially decides officially or not, simply not to respond to calls from that area, effectively making that area Muslim land and no longer part of the official state of whatever nation it is in. France has literally thousands of these ‘no go zones’ and the UK more and more all the time. Sweden has some of the most famous, and just this week, a single apartment building became a no go zone thanks to the efforts of one family in Denmark as we detailed here on Vlad.
Fire fighters in Gothenburg were attacked with stones on Thursday night as they rushed to tackle the latest in a series of fires with suspected connections to youth gangs that have raged across the city in the last week.
The rescue workers were met by stone-throwing youths shortly after midnight as they attempted to put out a fire in a newspaper storage box on Tamburingatan in the Västra Frölunda suburb.
There were no injuries as police quickly arrived at the scene and dispersed the group.
Earlier in the evening, firemen managed to contain a fire in a shed on Rubingatan, also in Västra Frölunda. The shed was destroyed and police classified the incident as arson, as there was a serious risk that the fire could have spread ot a larger adjacent building.
Later a moped was set alight in by the nearby Vattnedal school on Smaragdgatan, where a pre-school was ravaged by flames on Wednesday night.
Fire brigades were again in action later in the night following reports of two car fires on the island of Hisingen.
Then, we move to Toronto to near Jane and Finch streets, a highly culturally enriched area. In fact it is so magnificently rich in cultural diversity I should think all leftists and members of the Liberal party who’s policies created this area would be rushing to buy homes there. Oddly, none have.
‘Brazen’ teen allegedly fires across traffic lanes
Posted: August 28, 2009, 2:21 AM by Daniel Kaszor
By Matthew Coutts
Shortly before 7 p.m. on Tuesday night, as the evening rush hour dwindled on Sheppard Avenue West, a 15-year-old boy got into a shouting match with a trio of young men across the street.
According to police, the boy made hand gestures at the trio, whom he blamed for a previous conflict, then pulled out a gun and fired six or seven shots across four busy lanes of traffic.
Only one bullet hit its mark — a 18-year-old man was hit on the leg — but even in a city growing accustomed to random gunfire, police were shaken yesterday discussing what could have been.
“He was brazen enough to pull out a loaded firearm and fire across four lanes of traffic. I wouldn’t suspect he thought too much about where the traffic was when he decided to let off some rounds at his intended target,” Division 31 police Superintendent Chris White said on Thursday. “We are lucky we are investigating an attempted murder instead of a murder or an innocent bystander being struck in this incident.”
The boy, who cannot be named, has been charged with attempted murder; two older teenagers have also been charged.
“It’s a scary proposition. I guess you always worry about where the other six bullets could have gone to,” Supt. White said on Thursday.
Following the arrest, police executed a search warrant on a nearby home on Brady Crescent and discovered a .38 Special revolver, a .380 semi?automatic handgun, ammunition and a large quantity of marijuana. The 15-year-old and two older teenagers all face gun-related charges.
The shooting came near the corner of Jane Street, in a troubled residential neighbourhood that has experienced its share of gang-related violence. In 2005, an 18-year-old resident was shot dead outside a housing complex at the same corner. A 15-year-old charged in the shooting was later acquitted.
City Councillor Maria Augimeri, who represents the area, said “the communities around Jane and Sheppard are very challenged,” and cited the area’s social and economic woes for the prevalence of gang culture.
“This incident is emblematic of the larger harrowing experience of people living in impoverished communities,” she said. “Any time you put thousands and thousands and thousands of people together with high needs, you get a certain amount of social challenges, and … inevitably gang culture and a certain amount of civil violence.”
Ms. Augimeri said solving the problem entirely is an expensive proposition that includes razing the public housing complex and building a new, open model. She said the neighbourhood is currently focused on street-level solutions.
Supt. White, however, said members of the public quickly alerted officers, suggesting a changing mindset, through community-based policing such as the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy.
“We get down and work alongside with some of the good residents of the neighbourhood to make sure this is isolated,” he said.
The 15-year-old boy has been charged with three counts of attempted murder while using a firearm, aggravated assault, discharging a firearm and endangering a life, the careless use of a firearm, using a firearm to commit an indictable offence, pointing a firearm, failing to comply with the Youth Criminal Justice Act and failing to comply with recognizance.
The 15-year-old, Alphonso Zuriel, 19, and Dwayne Powell, 18, were also charged with careless storage of a firearm, unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition and careless use of ammunition.
Mr. Zuriel also faces two counts of possessing a firearm contrary to a prohibition order and possessing ammunition contrary to prohibition.
[Image: 1901 Sheppard Avenue West in Toronto, Thursday evening, August 27, 2009 at 6:57pm, exactly 24 hours after the reported shooting. Aaron Lynett / National Post]