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    People shop at a market in the neighbourhood of Molenbeek, where Belgian police staged a raid following the attacks in Paris, at Brussels, Belgium November 15, 2015

    Where Police Fear to Tread: Closer Look at EU’s Notorious Migrant Districts

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    While all the talk is about the terrorist attacks in Brussels, RT took a closer look at potentially “explosive” ethnic neighborhoods in three big European cities – London, Paris and Berlin.

    Following a series of terrorist attacks in Paris last year and the couple of explosions at the Brussels International airport earlier this week, everyone has come to know about Molenbeek, a notorious, heavily immigrant-populated Brussels municipality from where most terrorists who carried out attacks in both France and Belgium hailed from.

    At least three of the terrorists involved in the November 2015 Paris attacks — Salah Abdeslam, his brother Brahim Abdeslam, and Abdelhamid Abaaoud — grew up and lived in Molenbeek, which has been described as the breeding ground of terrorism in Europe.

    However, the infamous Brussels community isn't the only migrant suburb in Europe which lives in accordance with its own laws and traditions, sometimes resembling a state within a state. RT looked at other ethnic ghettos in Europe's large cities where local police fear to tread.


    The British capital, London, is one of Europe's leaders in the number of multicultural districts populated by some not so law abiding citizens, RT said. Practically all of London's eastern, some of its southern and northern areas are heavily-populated by migrants. It's a different kind of London, not the one you might read about in a Charles Dickens novel.

    Men take part in prayers at the 7,000 worshipper capacity East London Mosque in east London, the largest mosque in the United Kingdom
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    Men take part in prayers at the 7,000 worshipper capacity East London Mosque in east London, the largest mosque in the United Kingdom

    In the modern history of London, Brixton is known as one of the most dangerous districts in the city. The multiethnic borough itself is predominantly populated by people of African and Caribbean descent. Brixton is notorious for high levels of unemployment and poverty. RT recommends avoiding walking in the borough.

    In 1981, riots erupted in Brixton with protesters throwing Molotov cocktails, destroying cars and smashing shop windows after police killed one of its local residents.

    Peckham, a southeastern district in London, is another troublesome district of the British capital. The district is regularly mentioned in many of London's crime reports. Peckham is mainly populated by immigrants from African countries and has the largest concentration of illegal immigrants and refugees in London.

    The last time the world heard about these new Londoners was in the summer of 2011 when large-scale riots erupted in Tottenham and then quickly spilled over to the other districts of London and even other cities across Britain — Birmingham, Bristol, Gloucester, Liverpool, Manchester and Nottingham.


    Many suburbs around the French capital are populated by immigrants. These districts are predominantly populated by migrants hailing from former French colonies in Africa and the Middle East.

    Migrants rest in the grounds of the Guillaume-Bude secondary school building in Paris. (File)
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    Migrants rest in the grounds of the Guillaume-Bude secondary school building in Paris. (File)

    Saint-Denis is said to be the most dangerous suburb in Paris. It was in this area of Paris where three explosions took place near the world-famous football stadium Stade de France. Following the Paris terrorist attacks last November, French Special Forces carried out an anti-terrorist raid that ended in the arrest of Abdelhamid Abaaoud, who was hiding in Saint-Denis.

    When people are in Clichy-sous-Bois, a community in the eastern part of Paris, they might not even realize they're in France at all, as the vast majority of its residents are of African descent. The district has a much higher unemployment rate compared to the rest of France and is known as the country's "most notorious" immigrant suburb, according to the BBC.

    In 2005, riots erupted in Clichy-sous-Bois following the death of two boys who were trying to escape arrest. Having sparked in Clichy-sous-Bois, the riots then spread across many other French cities.


    With her migrant-friendly policies, Chancellor Angela Merkel might not be surprised to find that some areas in Berlin are no longer German and some folks out there are not willing to live in accordance with local traditions and law.

    Members of Turkish community holding Turkish flags listen to a speech of Turkish Prime Minister in Tempodrom in Berlin during his state visit. (File)
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    Members of Turkish community holding Turkish flags listen to a speech of Turkish Prime Minister in Tempodrom in Berlin during his state visit. (File)

    One-seventh of Berlin's population is foreigners. Among all the ethnicities present in Berlin, Turks constitute the largest group. In fact, Berlin has the largest Turkish community in Europe.

    The borough of Neukolln is dubbed as a "ghetto for newcomers." Crime and unemployment rates are disproportionally high in comparison with other places in Germany. Although the residents of Neukolln make up only 10 percent of Berliners, they commit 20 percent of all crimes in the German capital, RT said.

    Moabit is another district in Berlin that might strike some as quite "un-German." Thousands of refugees from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan arrived to the district and brought with them their own cultural traditions. The newcomers are given municipal housings. This infuriates some native residents of Moabit, many of whom eventually end up moving away.    

    This piece was originally written by Ilya Ogandzhanov for RT Russian. The original article has since been deleted.


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    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Simple get rid of people who don't want to respect the country.... it will ease the tension.
    • Angus Gallagher
      The London of today is utterly unrecognisable from that of 1980. Other British cities are notably segregated, Liverpool, for example being white in its northern regions with the minorities in the city centre.
      The immigrants were brought to Western Europe for both their labour and their votes. Few realized that those immigrants, recruited as they were from the rural areas of the subcontinent, were about to make not just a challenging journey over a great distance- but an infinitely abrupter voyage between different epochs.
      There's no doubt that millions of law - abiding immigrants have made a huge contribution to Britain: the NHS, the arts, industry and business have all reaped the benefits. Millions have integrated successfully.
      However, where certain isolationist religious beliefs have taken hold and where economic opportunities have faded- alienation has warped with political grievances to form pockets beyond the influence of the state. This has been exacerbated by political correctness and a manipulation of immigrant communities by politicians that has reinforced the formation of parallel societies. Outside influences including powerful international stakeholders have contributed to issues in the areas of education, family law and religious instruction. However negative this is- it could not have been possible had the Left held to its secularist and progressive principles and treated the immigrants not as a crop of voters to be exploited- but new citizens entitled to social investment. The approach then of the Left was fundamentally bigoted- and the second generation felt that contempt. The response of the political cartels, who relied on the immigrants' electoral support, was to back off even further to the point were radicalism began to undercut moderate Muslims, progressive preachers, and Muslim feminists. The Left reinforced not just separatism- but the immigrant patriarchal power constructs central to the traditional social structure of the immigrants' homelands. For about 30 years, this pact held in place- being only seriously challenged after 2001. It now lies in tatters to such an extent that an entire generation of Muslims feel absolutely voiceless.
      Now we see both right extremists and religious extremists growing in influence as immigrant numbers in highly concentrated areas reach a critical mass by which they no longer feel able or even obliged to integrate. This results in greater poverty and the cultural and economic ghettoization of immigrant communities which see a proliferation of both criminality and religious militancy- the two often being closely related.
    • Is it because I am black?in reply toJet fuel can't melt steel beams(Show commentHide comment)
      Jet fuel can't melt steel beams, mais attention, it is not about lack of respect from our side! Germany is not France -- but very uncivil and impolite. German teachers and bureaucrats really lack respect towards the migrants and that winds them up for a reason. And they will never leave their gettos.
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beamsin reply toIs it because I am black?(Show commentHide comment)
      Is it because I am black?, I agree between the intolerant natives and the intolerant migrants.... it's becoming hard.. :/
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      I found the video I was looking for. SophieCo had an interview with Tommy Robinson. He was the one trying to live in one of the tough areas, and was being criticized for his lack of understanding of the situation by someone who had never even visited the neighborhood to see what it was really like.

      I'd like to see Mr. Robinson back on SophieCo to discuss if the "multiculturalist" approach has worked any better since his last interview in 2013.
      Related clip:
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      interesting article. I would like to see it be the beginning of a series which looks at the other capital and major cities of europe - not only the larger ones.
    • avatar
      There is something much deeper to discover about this migrant event in Europe. We see what we see from the News outlets, what we do not see is what is important to us and what we do not see is the making of genocide behind the scene. White people will soon enter a fight to save their species on Earth, a fight intended and planned for decades. There is a way to get rid of one billion people and quite quickly, get them to walk to their graves and jump in. Christianity is a threat to Jews because of conversion, Islam is a threat to Jews because of the Muslim's dedication to destruction. Christians may convert, Muslims will destroy. The World Bankers are intending for white people to do their dirty work for them again. There will be a war, white people will see their numbers diminish considerably, the Muslim Religion will be destroyed as it should be and a billion people who serve that religion will be killed. No army can fight inside the gates of its enemy and expect to win.
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