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Looking at black people

9 March 2008 - Is MP Jan Jacob van Dijk (CDA) streetwise? At first he does not understand the question, but after an explanation he exclaims: “Ah but of course. I’ve been to Slotervaart too”.

Politicians want to be seen visiting problem neighbourhood Slotervaart and meeting with local hard line politician Ahmed Marcouch. Even Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende made a visit. Marc Peeperkorn and Sheila Sitalsing (de Volkskrant) asked politicians about the phenomenon.

The one politician who said he does not have to visit a ‘Moroccans’ neighbourhood to know how bad it is’ is Martin Bosma of the PVV, the party of anti-Islam populist Geert Wilders. He says the trips to Slotervaart “are a bit like those Dutch tourists in New York who make a bus tour to Harlem. Looking at black people”.

Tofik Bibi (GroenLinks) lives in Slotervaart and is a bit fed up with the visits. “This has been going on for ten years now. A crowd of dignitaries turns up, plus the press. The next day they’re gone and nothing has happened”.

Source: de Volkskrant. Photo Edwin van Eis


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