The Netherlands now a narco-state with a parallel economy

Jan Struijs, president of the Dutch police union, claimed that his country, the Netherlands, is a narco-state, with drug-trafficking criminals operating a parallel economy.

Struijis says the Netherlands, often praised by left-liberals for its drug decriminalization policies, is now a ‘narco-state 2.0’ where criminal traffickers have become so influential they rival the Dutch economy official.

“I call the Netherlands a narco-state 2.0 because drugs are pumping so much money into the legal economy that they are taking over. It undermines democracy but also the economy,” Struijis told Swedish TV channel SVT.

According to SVT, the massive black economy of illicit drugs has influenced various parts of the formal economy of the Netherlands, including housing prices and some companies that operate legal businesses but have been taken over by criminal drug smugglers. .

In addition to influencing the economy, drug trafficking groups and mafias have also threatened and killed journalists and lawyers in recent years.

Peter R. de Vries, a Dutch crime journalist, was shot dead last year in July on the streets of Amsterdam and died a few days later. His death came after De Vries advised a witness in a major criminal gang trial, known as the Marengo trial, whose leader Ridouan Taghi was extradited to the Netherlands in 2019.

Another man, lawyer Derk Wiersum, was also shot dead in 2019. He was the lawyer for a star witness in the Marengo trial.

A total of 17 members of the Moroccan mafia or “Morco” have been charged with six murders and several other attempted murders.

Journalist Jens Olde Kalter spoke to SVT about the murders, saying, “Is it worth dying for? Do I want my children to grow up without a father? Do I want my children to grow up in a narco-state? That’s the kind of stuff I think about.

Drug gang-related violence is not a new phenomenon in the Netherlands, with nearly 20 people murdered from 2021-16 in the so-called Morco War.

In March 2016, a gang went so far as to leave the severed head of a rival from another gang on the street in Amsterdam as part of the violence.

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