A former inhabitant describes how Islamisation changed his Amsterdam neighbourhood. According to him socialist politicians are responsible for the dissapearance of Dutch culture and the rise of Islam in the area.
In 1990, I moved in to the “Bos en Lommer” area of West Amsterdam (in Dutch: “Amsterdam West”) to be with my lover at the time. Bos en Lommer is part of the second major expansion of Amsterdam from the city’s original canal centre outwards. It was built during the 1920s and 30s. Originally home to a mostly middle-class population, it has undergone a dramatic transformation in the last three decades, with the most rapid change happening since 2000.
In the summer of 1999, while biking towards the Bos en Lommerplein with my lover, we were met with the old familiar slur: “Hey! Faggots!” We were often threatened with this old and familiar slur during the fifties and sixties, but it had vanished when gay liberation took a firm hold in Dutch society. For us gays, Amsterdam was the safest city in the world to live in. At least so we thought.
History has dramatically changed since then. I looked at my boyfriend and sighed. “Is this really starting all over again!?” I asked. The slurs were uttered by a group of young men of Moroccan descent. Their fathers came to Holland as migrant workers in the 1970s, together with other migrant workers from Turkey.
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