18 July 2011
Farid Azarkan, head of the Moroccan-Dutch Association SMN has commented that PVV parliamentarian Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam statements contribute to graffiti and threats against mosques, AD reports. Azarkan claims that people ‘feel strengthened’ by the anti-Islam political message, which “manifests itself in calling on the streets to tag mosques with the exact slogans that come out of Wilders’ mouth”.
September 19, 2010
The Cooperation Association of Moroccans in the Netherlands (SMN) has said that the national Justice minister’s action program against discrimination should pay more attention to incidents against Dutch Moroccans and Muslims. The program does not deal specifically with discrimination and violence against Dutch Moroccans and Muslims.
The SMN is further critical of a police letter attached to the report outlining that discrimination against gays and Jews rose sharply in 2009 but omitting the information that the biggest category of incidents of discrimination are based on ethnicity and origin- including those against Dutch Moroccans.
“This bias in the presentation of the research ultimately influences the images formed in society” explains SMN’s Farid Azarkan. The SMN says that they are against all forms of discrimination, and Azarkan calls the fact that Jews and gays are increasingly targets of discrimination a “sad and alarming development”.
Moroccan-Dutch have expressed desire to impose a national curfew for all children under the age of 9, in addition to a homework duty for young vandals and their parents. SMN (Association of Moroccans in the Netherlands) manager Farid Azarkan said that parents who let their children roam the streets after 8pm ought to be fined, to prevent delinquent behavior. The comments come after a report released by Statistics Netherlands said that many Moroccan-Dutch youth begin criminal behavior most often in youth. Azarkan added: “We must be creative and come with effective punishments. The way it is now, it doesn’t work. Also these young children are drawn into street groups and so somewhat later in life get involved in crime.”
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