Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam wants with rappers around the table to sit down to put an end to the glorification of vuurwapengeweld. Also, he calls for heavier penalties for possession of firearms.
Aboutaleb said in his new year’s speech in the city council that he feels the rappers of their need to take responsibility and action should come to the possession of firearms and the hype of violence to end.
His call does he do after the violent death of the 31-year-old Rotterdam-based rapper Feis in the new year’s night. Feis died after a shooting on the New Binnenweg. The 31-year-old brother of the rapper injured.
It is still unclear by whom and why the Feis was shot to death. The police has earlier seven people, but none of them would have something to do with the shooting. However, there is still a suspect on tight, because he has a firearm with him.
It’s Aboutaleb across that “there are too many firearms in circulation,” he said in his speech. “The police is doing a lot to get firearms of the street. Unfortunately, the reality is that in the rapscene firearms regularly be glorified. They serve our youth sometimes the image that it is cool to have a weapon to possess and even to use it when you need it.”
He is going to be a group of rappers to invite for an interview.
Aboutaleb asked for rapdebat at the Noorderslag festival
Thursday afternoon it was announced that Aboutaleb by Buma Cultuur has been invited to next week at the music festival Eurosonic Noorderslag in Groningen to engage in debate with Dutch rappers.
According to director Frank Helmink of the foundation, the Groningen festival, this Wednesday, January 16 begins, there the right platform for. Or Aboutaleb travel to the North, depends on his agenda.
Possibly going to the mayor via a video link in a conversation with the rappers, so let the spokesperson know.
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