'Mocro War' as it is called is the latest gang war in the Netherlands involving North African migrants. Today 20 March, a severed head was found on the street of Amsterdam.
The Netherlands is one of the safest countries in Europe with a low crime rate. Many people never experience crime of any sort. The rate of violent crime is low although tourists are often targeted by thieves. Visitors frequently fall prey to pickpockets, bag snatchers, and other petty thieves who target automobiles and hotel rooms.
The recent gang wars in Amsterdam referred to as the 'Mocro War' says otherwise. The bloody killings is instilling fear in the minds of travelers, especially of Moroccan descent.
Stan Koeman a resident in Amsterdam was the first person to notice the lifeless human head. At first glance he thought it was a bag but a closer look confirmed it wasn’t. He narrated to welt.de: “But then, I saw: sh*t it looks like a head”.
The day before, a headless body with partial burns was discovered in another part of the city. A 23-year-old Nabil Amzieb has been confirmed as the deceased victim of the gang related war.
Police investigators believe that the positioning of his head was done on purpose because his eyes were pointed toward a local smoking lounge called “Fayrouz”. This lounge, according to the local police is a popular meeting joint for the gangs.
The bloody war has been on since 2012.
Since the beginning of the war, about 20 lives have been taken and the recent bloody murder of young Nabil is the latest. The ‘Morco mafia’ gangs seem to have support from governments or organizations but the police aren’t making public statements yet due to an ongoing investigation.
About 396 firearms has been seized from the members.
Eberhard van der Laan the Mayor of Amsterdam says the escalating violence is comparable to the notorious Mexican drug wars. “We usually see these things on television series like “Narcos” or in places like Columbia, not in Amsterdam, but it was in Amsterdam.”
“It is a big shock for the public”.
It is true that the poor living condition of those migrants expose many to crimes.
If the police is aware of the location where the gangs meet, could it be possible the migrants are left alone to kill themselves in a war instead of arresting and deporting them?
Forty percent of Moroccan immigrants in the Netherlands between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, fined, charged or otherwise accused of committing a crime during the past five years, according to a new report commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Interior.
In Dutch neighborhoods where the majority of residents are Moroccan immigrants, the youth crime rate reaches 50%. Moreover, juvenile delinquency among Moroccans is not limited to males; girls and young women are increasingly involved in criminal activities.
The “Dutch-Moroccan Monitor 2011” also reveals that most of the Moroccan youth involved in criminal activities were born in Holland. This implies that the children of Moroccan immigrants are not integrating into Dutch society, and confirms that the Netherlands is paying dearly for its failed multicultural approach to immigration.
The Netherlands is home to around 350,000 so-called Dutch-Moroccans (Moroccan immigrants to Holland and their descendants) or around 2% of the total Dutch population of 16.4 million. More than half of Dutch-Moroccans are persons of second-generation background.
The report, which was produced by the Rotterdam Institute for Social Policy Research (Risbo) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, examines the extent and nature of crime among the Dutch-Moroccan population in 22 municipalities in the Netherlands. The data were taken from the Herkenningsdienstsysteem (HKS), a nationwide database where the Dutch police register criminal suspects.