Moroccans to tackle troublemakers

24th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

24 January 2006, AMSTERDAM – Representatives of the Moroccan community have pledged to act to curb the problem behaviour of an element of Moroccan youths in Amsterdam.

24 January 2006

AMSTERDAM – Representatives of the Moroccan community have pledged to act to curb the problem behaviour of an element of Moroccan youths in Amsterdam.

Some 200 people, including imams, young people, youth leaders and concerned parents, met in the Dutch capital on Sunday to discuss concerns about wayward Moroccan youth.

While no concrete measures were agreed to tackle the problems, the organisers were pleased. "Just look at who we have brought together here. That is a start," one said.

Amsterdam Mayor Job Cohen attended the meeting. He said afterwards it was good the Moroccan community recognised there was a problem in relation to an element of the young people.

"They have indicated that they want to do something about it themselves. It must no longer be the case they remain in the role of victim," Cohen said.

Cohen warned last week that minor incidents could lead to an outburst as calm in the city is being tested by 100 'problem youth'.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]

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