Friday, January 24, 2020

Netherlands: Asylum-Seekers Intimidate Bus Riders

Hat tip Gelderlander.NL

This is becoming a regular problem in the Netherlands. Young asylum-seekers, who are living in asylum-seeker centers, are causing lots of problems on local buses. We have already reported on this issue before. Here is what is going on in the Nijmegan area. Translation by Fousesquawk. Note: We will try to get the accompanying video's narration with English sub-titles.

Nuisance Asylum-Seekers: Security on Bus Grave-Nijmegen

Grave/Nijmegen- A group of asylum-seekers has for weeks been causing inconvenience  on busline 99 from Uden to Nijemegen. Bus operator Connexxion has security ride on the bus because drivers are harassed and intimidated

-Jaap Rademaker 24 January 2020 Last update: 15:49

Currently, the problem mainly concerns the route between the Grave bus station and Nijmegen, says spokesman Anton Masteling of the Central Agency for Reception of Asylum-Seekers (COA). "It concerns a group of some 25 people. From 8 of them we know that they come from the asylum-seeker center in Grave." The origin of the other troublemakers is not yet known.

The nuisance mainly consists of not wanting to pay for a bus ticket or verbal and intimidating aggressive behavior against drivers. "Lately, it has been somewhat quieter in Grave," says Masteling. "However, it is possible that the problem will move to some other place."

Hopeless Asylum-Seekers from Safe Countries

The Brabant state party of the PVV has asked questions about the problem on the busline between Uden to Nijemegen. According to the party, it concerns "hopeless asylum-seekers from safe countries who are terrorizing the bus drivers." Masteling says on behalf of COA that he currently can make no comment about this. "There is consultation with all parties and with the police. If Connexxion makes a statement, prosecution can be institute with the camera images." 

It is unknown if there is a connection between this group causing nuisance on the bus and the group of young asylum-seekers from safe countries who were (involved) in robberies in the last two months in Nijmegen. There were 64 reports in two months of pickpockets committing thefts in the city center. During their robberies, the young robbers mostly hit train travelers  and the public.

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