Alarm over radicalisation of Dutch youth
4 April 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police have sparked alarm about the speed with which youths are becoming radicalised in the Netherlands, with the Utrecht intelligence service RID claiming it potentially poses a threat more dangerous than Islamic terrorism.
4 April 2005
AMSTERDAM — Police have sparked alarm about the speed with which youths are becoming radicalised in the Netherlands, with the Utrecht intelligence service RID claiming it potentially poses a threat more dangerous than Islamic terrorism.
Police and municipal councils have started investigating 'Lonsdale youths', typified by native Dutch teeangers who wear the Lonsdale clothing brand.
These hardcore youths are responsible for more racist incidents, street disturbances and violence than previously estimated, newspaper NRC reported on Saturday.
The Leiden University and Anne Frank Foundation recorded 106 violent anti-Muslim incidents in the month after the November 2004 murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a suspected Islamic militant.
Lonsdale youths were involved in about 25 percent of these cases and new incidents have occurred recently.
An Islamic primary school in Uden was set on fire earlier this month, the second arson attack against the school since Van Gogh's death. A 17-year-old boy has been arrested for the attack.
Researcher J. van Donselaar is still compiling the nation-wide incidents involving Lonsdale youths from recent months, but asserts that the figures show a multiplication on previous statistics.
Donselaar said the number of incidents is worse than initially thought and that the prevalence of such attacks is increasing. There are very few regions in the Netherlands not affected.
Police and youth researchers assert that Lonsdale youths are becoming more of a danger given the fact that society is experiencing a generic shift to the right, propelling the youths to action more quickly.
A police chief in Venlo claims these youths represent a powder keg. But authorities have also raised concerns about immigrant youths seeking out racist Dutch youths. Violent clashes have been reported in Veenendaal and Geldrop recently.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news