Amsterdam shipping containers used for punishment housing camps for “scum”

geert-wilders-amst_2416763bThe plan echoes a proposal from Geert Wilders, the leader of a populist Dutch Right-wing party Photo: AFP/GETTY

Amsterdam is to create “Scum villages” where nuisance neighbours and anti-social tenants will be exiled from the city and rehoused in caravans or containers with “minimal services” under constant police supervision.

There are already several small-scale trial projects in the Netherlands, including in Amsterdam, where 10 shipping container homes have been set aside for persistent offenders, living under 24-hour supervision from social workers and police.

Amsterdam to create ‘scum villages’

telegraph.co.uk | Dec 3, 2012

By Bruno Waterfield

Holland’s capital already has a special hit squad of municipal officials to identify the worst offenders for a compulsory six month course in how to behave.

Social housing problem families or tenants who do not show an improvement or refuse to go to the special units face eviction and homelessness.

Eberhard van der Laan, Amsterdam’s Labour mayor, has tabled the £810,000 plan to tackle 13,000 complaints of anti-social behaviour every year. He complained that long-term harassment often leads to law abiding tenants, rather than their nuisance neighbours, being driven out.

“This is the world turned upside down,” the mayor said at the weekend.

The project also involves setting up a special hotline and system for victims to report their problems to the authorities.

The new punishment housing camps have been dubbed “scum villages” because the plan echoes a proposal from Geert Wilders, the leader of a populist Dutch Right-wing party, for special units to deal with persistent troublemakers.

“Repeat offenders should be forcibly removed from their neighbourhood and sent to a village for scum,” he suggested last year. “Put all the trash together.”

Whilst denying that the new projects would be punishment camps for “scum”, a spokesman for the city mayor stressed that the special residential units would aim to enforce good behaviour.

“The aim is not to reward people who behave badly with a new five-room home with a south-facing garden. This is supposed to be a deterrent,” he said.

The tough approach taken by Mr van der Laan appears to jar with Amsterdam’s famous tolerance for prostitution and soft drugs but reflects hardening attitudes to routine anti-social behaviour that falls short of criminality.

There are already several small-scale trial projects in the Netherlands, including in Amsterdam, where 10 shipping container homes have been set aside for persistent offenders, living under 24-hour supervision from social workers and police.

Under the new policy, from January next year, victims will no longer have to move to escape their tormentors, who will be moved to the new units.

A team of district “harassment directors” have already been appointed to spot signals of problems and to gather reports of nuisance tenants.

The Dutch Parool newspaper observed that the policy was not a new one. In the 19th century, troublemakers were moved to special villages in Drenthe and Overijssel outside Amsterdam. The villages were rarely successful, becoming sink estates for the lawless.

“We have learned from the past,” said the mayor’s spokesman. “A neighbourhood can deal with one problem family but if there are more the situation escalates.”

4 responses to “Amsterdam shipping containers used for punishment housing camps for “scum”

  1. Does anyone still believe the nazis lost WW2 ??

  2. (…) One problem family(…) ? says the Amsterdam Lord Mayor. Well, here is a tip for him. Let him put the royal Orange family in a container. This family has made a large fortune with Opium starting with King Willem I in the beginning of 1800 in what is now Indonesia (from this most populated Muslim nation fake blond Dutch mp Geert W. originates).

    Jumping to the 20th century: The (btw Nazi) father of Beatricks, Bernhard is one of the founders of the Bilderberg Conference in 1954, this Amsterdam Mayor might have heard about it. One of the spearpoints on this club’s agenda is: reduce the present population of Planet Earth to 500 million.

    Beatricks is main shareholder of Royal Dutch Shell. The Opium fortune is now in big Oil. She is directly responsible for the worldwide impregnation of wood with extremely toxic side products of Big Oil|: arscenic acid and other cancer causing material. This cancerous wood is present in toddler play grounds.

    https://sites.google.com/site/nocancerfoundation/

    Beatricks son, Friso who is now unable to speak since he is in coma after the ski heil accident in the Alps, worked for the jew bank Goldman Sachs which caused the G.O.D. Gulf Oil Disaster.

    So mayor of Mokum, do the right thing, put this family in an orange container.

    CIA O

  3. As Hayek pointed out, even before the end of the war the social and economic engineers throughout Europe and the UK were holding up National Socialism as the model to follow post-war which is ironic, unless you understand that these wars are engineered to begin with as a method of socio-economic remodeling…towards the “New Order” as they all liked to call it in the 40s.

  4. Excellent suggestion! Put the real troublemakers away, and throw away the key.

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