“I cannot look into a crystal ball, but if you ask me, I think it will continue for a while.” Bob Schut, chairman of Wijkberaad Duindorp, fears that it will remain restless in the Hague district for the time being. “I find it very worrying, it would be nice if someone could come into contact with the group of rioters.”

Since Duindorp announced that the bonfire in Duindorp is canceled, the neighborhood has been uneasy. According to Schut, most rioters are teenagers. “It’s an adolescent group with peaks up and down,” he says. “It is hoped that parents who see their children do this will come to the realization that it is not right for this to happen and that they will call their own children to order.”

The chairman of Wijkberaad Duindorp understands why it is restless. ‘The straw that makes the bucket overflow is the permit process of the bonfire. We naturally had to wait a long time for the report. There would be little time to come to a bonfire. Then agreements were made about a smaller fire, everyone started to bloom and they said: a pile of ten by ten by ten meters, that is possible, ‘says Schut. “It now appears in practice that there is a permit process attached to it, which means that everything is so loose that Duindorp has now pulled the plug itself.”

“We strongly disapprove of this”

Nevertheless, according to Schut, the disappointment is not a license for the riots. “The riots don’t belong. We strongly disapprove of this,” he says. “I think there is a very small group within Duindorp who expresses his dissatisfaction in this way and that they do not realize that they are destroying their own village.”

“I wish there were people who influence that youthful group to make sure that it diminishes or stops,” Schut continues. “We are not in a position to act as a neighborhood council. Like many people, I fear. I dare say very carefully that parents may have to be the ones who must exercise their influence.”

“Duindorp is a village”

Like many Duindorpers, Schut himself hoped that the municipality would tolerate the bonfires this year and that the stricter rules would only apply next year. ‘Duindorp is a village. Everyone loves the village atmosphere, we have always enjoyed working towards the bonfire.”

Despite the disappearance of the bonfire being a cause for the riots, Duindorp has been experiencing problems for some time, according to Schut. ‘It is actually a trajectory before the bonfire. The youth has nothing to do ‘, he says. ‘All the youth clubs have been removed. They get bored in the square and that is the first step to the misery we now have. But it is still not a license to cause such misery. ”

“There is a strange atmosphere”

The residents of Duindorp are also concerned about the unrest in the neighborhood. “It’s really children who do this,” sighs a woman on the street who wants to remain anonymous. “It’s like we’re back in the 80s,” the woman refers to the time when almost every street still had its own bonfire. Residents went to ‘rausen’ Christmas trees and turned them into high piles. The competitions for who could make the highest pile often led to riots. The fire stacks on the beach were designed to prevent this. This so that the residents of the neighborhood had something around around old and new.

On Sunday evening a bus stop was destroyed in Duindorp and containers, benches, a tree and waste bins were set on fire. Snack car Melissa also suffered. At the burnt-out snack car a man stands shaking his head and looking at the havoc. “This is very bad,” he says. “I didn’t notice anything Sunday night. It is a pity that the weather is so restless in the neighborhood and that Duindorp is in the news again. There is a strange atmosphere here, you notice that especially on Tesselseplein.”


Photo: Omroep West