Amsterdam, the Netherlands - The French who were dismissed at the entrance of coffeeshops in Maastricht responded disappointed and angry on the new measure of the shops. The Maastricht coffeeshops refuse everyone who does not live in the Netherlands, Germany or Belgium.
"CÚst le fascisme" (it is fascism!), shouted an angry Frenchman at the doorman of coffeeshop Easy Going in the Limburg capital Maastricht when the doorman refused him to access the coffeeshop. The angry French felt discriminated and accuse the doormen of racism.
In twelve coffeeshops in the city a similar situation occurred. Surprised and disappointed French, who were forwarded to still accessable coffeeshops in Sittard, Heerlen and Roermond . Rasta Fari Boni, the only coffeeshop in Maastricht allowing the French did not profit from the new tourist ban. The owner says: "We did not get more customers".
The idea of refusing the French comes from the coffeeshop owners themselves. They fear that the rejected Frenchmen will be driven into the hands of illegal drug runners. The coffeshop owners think that street dealing and other nuisances will totally increase after introducing the Dutch weedpass. We do this under pressure of the Dutch government. We have measured where this is going: more or less misery on the streets. we fear more crime. And it will be worse after introducing the Dutch weedpass says Marc Josemansfrom the Assosation of Official Coffeeshop owners ( VOCM) . He speaks about "imposed voluntary" with the refusal of mainly Fench but also other foreigners who don't live in Belgium, Germany or the Netherlands.
The criminals are already lined up on the "Van Hasseltkade" to intercept the disappointed French. Since last weekend there is a major increase in the number of drug runners.