Trouble? What trouble? say Dutch Moroccans

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The Oosterwei neighbourhood in the Dutch city of Gouda is often described as a 'problem precinct'. The area keeps making headlines, most recently when a street party for children was attacked by young troublemakers. The Gouda mayor was petitioned and worried MPs asked questions in parliament.

Yet Oosterwei was not designated as one of Holland's most problematic areas in a national neighbourhood improvement programme.

Gouda's Oosterwei continues to be associated with vandalism and physical abuse, causing great irritation among local Dutch-Moroccan residents. Young Dutch-Moroccans are accusing the media of pulling every news item out of proportion and assuming that all Oosterwei's residents are the same.

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