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Tue Dec 4, 2012, 11:55 AM

Amsterdam to create 'scum villages'

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."


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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:00 PM

1. They are going to call it The Republican Homeland

one suspects

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Response to Berlum (Reply #1)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 01:30 PM

3. I just read the same article

And thought the same thing, the newest version of rethugs "R" us.

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Response to FarCenter (Original post)

Tue Dec 4, 2012, 12:33 PM

2. Most everyone else would call them prisons

Not that I have a solution, but I can't see this working.

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