An original article explaining the situation in a Dutch village where locals rioted against yet another proposed government funded refugee center for muslims in population replacement numbers.
By SIMONXML with much thanks
Dutch cheese, Dutch butter, Dutch milk, Dutch cows, dairy products have always been a major part of the Dutch economy and a reason for its fame. With nearly 4.5 million cows, each producing approximately 12 tons of manure per year, that is an incredible amount of BS. The Dutch solution is to inject it back into the soil, bit by bit, from February to September, working on the principle that if you spread it thin, no-one will complain.
So too with refugees. The list of official centers reads like a telephone book: [Aalten 300, Alkmaar 460, Almelo 378, Almere 800, Alphen aan den Rijn 1,140, Amersfoort 301, Apeldoorn 400, Arnhem – De Berg 400, Arnhem-Zuid – Vreedenburgh 339, Azelo 375, Baexem 425, Bellingwolde 345, Bergen aan Zee 95, Borculo 130, Breda 400, Budel-Cranendonck 1,700, Budel-Dorplein 239, Burgum 450, Delfzijl 430, Den Haag 600, Den Haag – Loosduinen 40, Den Helder – Doggershoek 575, Den Helder – Maaskampkazerne 300, Den Helder 372, Deventer 50, Doetinchem 350, Drachten 460, Dronten 1,000, Echt 414, Ede 370, Eindhoven 700, Emmen 500, Geeuwenbrug 75, Gilze en Rijen 1,200, Goes 300, Gorinchem 300, Grave 600, Groningen 550, Grou, Oer ‘t Hout 195, Gulpen-Wittem 250, Haarlem 400, Heerhugowaard 600, Heerlen 412, Hengelo (OV) 135, Hoogeveen 1,000, Katwijk 1,170, Kolham 400, Leersum 675, Lelystad Schepenen 230, Leeuwarden 600, Leiden 250, Luttelgeest 1,000, Maastricht 600, Middelburg 330, Musselkanaal 450, Nijmegen Heumensoord 3,000, Nijmegen 325, Oisterwijk 450, Ommen 370, Onnen 480, Ootmarsum 230, Oranje 700, Oude Pekela 467, Overberg 200, Overloon 800, Rosmalen 500, ‘s-Gravendeel 375, Schalkhaar 550, Scheerwolde 35, Sint Annaparochie 400, Stadskanaal 538, Sweikhuizen 242, Ter Apel 2,000, Terneuzen 600, Tilburg 400, Utrecht 450, Utrecht Kanaleneiland 500, Valkenswaard 400, Veenhuizen 600, Venlo 480, Vierhouten 60, Vledder 180, Wageningen 246, Wassenaar 750, Weert 1,000, Winterswijk 500, Zaanstad Rijshoutweg 300, Zaanstad Burg. in ‘t Veldpark 500, Zeist 379, Zweeloo 450, Zwolle IJsselhallen 400 …] spread them thin, avoid large concentrations and it’s impressive how many you can hide away in a country a little large than twice the size of the state of New Jersey.
The recent “refugee crisis” has meant however that even this is not enough. Refugees are being shuttled from one temporary location (where they are legally only allowed to stay for 72 hours) to another – sports halls, empty office buildings, vacation parks, tents. It’s hardly any wonder that locals, who see their children no longer able to take part in school sports because the local gym is occupied, are getting annoyed. It no wonder that the refugees themselves are becoming increasingly aggressive, and no surprise that problems like scabies outbreaks are beginning to appear.
Rather than limit the number of incoming refugees, all Dutch citizens are urged to step up and accept their moral responsibility. The Dutch COA agency sent out an appeal to local authorities to “do the right thing” and find locations where the refugees could be housed and the local authorities have responded.
Dutch democracy, like a lot of things Dutch, appears to be very similar to democracy in many other countries but, like a lot of other things Dutch, the Dutch have their very own interpretation. The democratic part of Dutch local authorities is the “Raad” or council. These are elected. Well, not quite. Votes can be cast for individuals (with literally hundreds of names of anonymous individuals appearing on ballot forms) or political parties. The parties then choose their office holders based on the number of total votes they received. This can mean that an office holder may actually have received only a few tens of votes. Above the council is the “burgermeester” (mayor, appointed, not elected) and the “wethouders” (aldermen, chosen by the council, not elected), together forming the “college van burgermeester en wethouders” (“B&W” for short). While the council may veto B&W decisions, the B&W holds the executive power and makes its decisions independently of the council.
Why is this important? It’s important because this is the reason why there have been riots in Geldermalsen, protests in Steenbergen, demonstrations in Glanerbrug, and why there will be many, many more.
In Harderwijk, a small town with a population of just under 46,000 (roughly 34,000 voters), just under 20,000 votes at the last election put a council into office where the most popular candidate pulled in 2,848 while less illustrious candidates scraped with less impressive counts of 37, 39, 51 …. Harderwijk’s B&W responded to the call and contacted the government agency. After closed discussions, on December 15th they agreed to house 800 refugees in a new camp to be built where an army barracks used to be, next to a modern residential district. The B&W announced their decision to the council on December 18th, and the local residents are invited to attend an “information meeting” on December 21st. Were the local residents consulted? No. Can the local residents object? No. Is there any way for the local residents to stop it? No. The B&W has decided and there is no appeal.
The local residents have not yet protested, they haven’t had the chance, but it will not help even if they do. The B&W has decided. And so it goes in 230 of the 393 Dutch municipalities.
100 refugees, 800 refugees, 1,500 refugees … how many are too much? Once the local authorities have pushed through their decisions, often totally ignoring local concerns, even then they have shown that they cannot be trusted. After all, if the local population will swallow 100, what’s a few hundred more? Geldermalsen (1,500 refugees) joins a long list of other small towns where decisions not to accept refugees and unpopular decisions to accept a certain number of refugees are being silently reversed: Oosterhesselen, increased from 50 to 500), Assen , 600 increased to 1,000, Midden-Drenthe, accepts 700, Hoogeveen, agrees to 1,000, Meppel, 0 increased to 400, Emmen, increased from 600 to 1,200, Coevorden, increased from 480 to 880), Aa en Hunze, increased from 0 to 600, Tynaarlo, increased from 0 to 500.
It’s unfairly said in jest that copper wire was invented when two Dutchmen found a penny at the same time. Behind every joke there is always a small grain of truth and it is therefore somewhat strange that the Dutch seem either oblivious or uncaring about the sums of money involved.
In 2014, government figures show that a total of 867.8 million euros were spent on refugees. This does not include the 197.7 million spent by the immigration service or the 72 million spent by the government service whose task it is to deport refugees who have been refused permission to stay. Health care (psychiatrists are already ringing alarm bells at the numbers that will need long-term treatment for PTSD), education (there is a desperate shortage of teachers, interpreters, translators), infrastructure (Harderwijk, be reassured, will have 1 extra police officer for the 800 refugees).
For 2015, the estimates are already exceeding 1 billion euros, but this is the tip of the iceberg. 10 – 15% of the refugees in Harderwijk are children who, after special help in learning Dutch, will be sent to local schools. But don’t worry, local residents are told, the refugees will have pocket money (they are not allowed to work) that they will spend in local stores. And of course, they are such nice people, with useful skills, just like you … all they want is a safe home. Give them time, they will integrate … and whatever you do, don’t believe the stories in the German press that 65% are illiterate, unskilled and will most likely never be able to earn a living.
In the 1970s, the Dutch threw open their borders to bring in cheap labor – mostly from Turkey. They naively expected them all to go back home eventually, but they never did. Instead, they formed their own closed communities and even now there are significant numbers of first generation immigrants who cannot speak a single word of Dutch. Why should they? They certainly don’t need to.
Now facing a surge of immigrants that has already surpassed 1970 levels and worried by the prospect of history repeating itself, the normally quiet, tolerant Dutch have been moved to protest. Local authorities have responded by refusing public admittance and holding their meetings behind closed doors. When that doesn’t work they bring in the police. When that doesn’t work, they bring in the ME (the Dutch riot police, the equivalent of the American SWAT teams). Fireworks were thrown in Geldermalsen, warning shots were fired by scared police. It may not be fireworks next time, and the shots may be for real.