We like to think of modern cities as safe havens. These are places where the rule of law is supposed to reign supreme, where people can walk safely in the streets without fear of being victimized. But after doing a little research, it seems to me that even the largest, most developed cities in the Western world are home to some of the roughest, most dangerous areas in the entire world. Deep within the suburbs of these cities, bubbles of hate and violence are beginning to form, and now the police who are supposed to be protecting these cities are too afraid to go in there and uphold the rule of law. How did this happen? How is it that our own cities are being infiltrated, with entire groups of people setting up what is basically an independent country just a few kilometers away from our homes?
Many of these areas have been around for decades, while others have come into existence fairly recently. Some places, like Gaya Island and the Favelas of Brazil have been known as "no go zones" by police for what seems like eternity. But many new "no go zones" are popping up every day, and these new ones are the most troubling. These new zones are unique in that they are taking root in developed nations like France and Germany, deep within their biggest, wealthiest cities such as Paris and Berlin. They are also unique because the people who create these zones are primarily immigrants and refugees, who in some cases impose Sharia Law on neighborhoods that were previously extremely Europeans in terms of culture. And for whatever reason, whether it is due to political correctness, fear of being called racist, or just plain fear itself, police are extremely reluctant to patrol these areas and uphold the law.
Molenbeek is by far the worst area in Brussels. It is so bad that it has become a major launching pad from which ISIS launches attacks on the rest of Europe. Not long ago, most of the people who used to live there moved to better neighborhoods, leaving a seriously crime-filled neighborhood. Molenbeek is the area that the shooters in the Paris terrorist attack called home. These terrorists were also able to acquire powerful firearms with ease within this area. This is largely because the police do not go inside this area. Nor does the government attempt to provide any schools or other projects to the residents of Molenbeek. For these reasons, many people are citing Molenbeek as an example of how the European Union's goal of multiculturalism has completely failed.
14 The Favelas
The Favelas of Brazil are perhaps one of the best known "no go zones" in the world. Although some of these Favelas are safe and patrolled by police, there still exists a few so called "non-pacified" areas where the rule of law does not exist. Instead, these areas are ruled by gangsters and drug lords, and the police does not dare venture into their territory. In such cities such as Rio De Janeiro, the government has attempted to hide away the truth from the rest of the world. This is especially true when the country hosts major sporting events such as the FIFA World Cup, or more recently the 2016 Olympics. The police are reportedly becoming a lot more brutal when it comes to dealing with the residents of the Favelas, launching raids and forcibly removing people from these areas, but it looks like the gangs who rule them are here to stay.
Vollsmosse is one of the worst neighborhoods in Denmark, and police can often be seen fleeing from the area or simply not going there at all. Vollsmosse has a huge immigrant population, and high levels of unemployment and crime. It is almost impossible for regular Danes to live there anymore, and many have moved away. There have been numerous reports of police being fired upon with automatic weapons when they try to drive through the neighborhood. Not only that, but if these foreign gangsters see ethnic Danes talking to police, those people are then targeted as well. There are other reports of Molotov cocktails being thrown at officers who try to venture inside. Because of this, it comes as no surprise that police prefer to simply avoid this area altogether.
Perpignan is a small city in the south of France that has seen a huge influx of both foreign immigrants and crime. This forces the police to be extremely careful when they patrol this area, in the rare moments that they actually decided to set foot in this area, that is. Now, downtown Perpignan has been completely taken over, with one French newspaper calling it a "no go zone." They specifically mentioned the fact that it seems to becoming a mini Muslim country within France. This has resulted in aggression, drug-dealing, racial tensions, and so-called "tribal violence." The problem is that Muslims live by certain rules, for example they don't drink alcohol or smoke. So when French people come to this city to attend events like concerts, they enrage the local Muslim population, which is now the majority. This results in violence and in most cases, it's more than the police can handle.
11 Les Izards
Les Izards is a suburb of Toulouse where people are now afraid to venture into. It's also typified by a large Muslim and immigrant population, high levels of crime, and a reluctance by local police to enforce law. French newspapers are also calling this district a "no go zone." The area is ruled by Arab drug dealers, and it is these individuals that impose their own version of the law on the people of Les Izards, not the police. Guns of all kinds are easy to find in areas such as these, and this is a real problem given the recent rise of radical Islam and widespread terrorist attacks across France. According to political scientist Sebastian Roché, one can obtain an AK-47 easily in this area, for about the price of an iPhone. It comes as no surprise that 60% of French citizens are in favor of sending the French army into troubled neighborhoods such as Les Izards, especially since the local police seem incapable of dealing with the issue.
Roubaix is one of the most famous cases of an entire urban area that has seemed to become completely separate from the country in which it exists. According to a French newspaper called L'Obs, French citizens feel like they are in a different country when inside Roubaix, almost as if they have wandered into a different country altogether. Roubaix was mentioned in a recent French research paper called No-Go Zones in the French Republic: Myth or Reality? In this paper, it was revealed that there are neighbourhoods "where police and gendarmerie cannot enforce the Republican order or even enter without risking confrontation, projectiles, or even fatal shootings." Roubaix was also mentioned by a French magazine called Contemporary Values. This magazine claims that "France has more than 750 areas of lawlessness," and that police cannot enter these areas, and if they try they are fired upon and forced to retreat.
9 Parisian Suburbs
Paris, the city of love, famous across the world for being one of the most iconic and developed cities in the world, is now becoming famous for something very different: its various suburbs where law does not exist. Franck Guiot, a French politician, claims that Evry, a suburb of Paris, is a "no go zone" and police cannot enter it without being attacked. He also claimed that the government is not allowing the police to use force when it comes to subduing its residents. The Paris Newspaper Le Parisien calls Grigny, a Parisian suburb, a "no go zone" that is run by Muslim gangs who believe they are the ones who should be running the streets, not the police. The same goes for Trappes, another Parisian suburb, where local police commander Mohammed Duhan advises people not to enter, because they will be spotted by local drug dealers and beaten. Then you have Seine-Saint-Denis, a Parisian suburb which is home to the largest Muslim population concentration in France (over 600,000). This area is divided into districts, and 36 of these are known as "sensitive urban zones," meaning the police are very reluctant to enter them. These areas are also pretty much ruled by Sharia Law, not French law. In addition, these areas were the sites of multiple Muslim riots, one of which included the torching of over 9,000 cars.
Duisburg is a German city where lawlessness is becoming more and more widespread. A secret police report was leaked, and it shows just how bad the situation is there. The report states that the police are rapidly losing control over the situation in this city, and that soon they will not be able to maintain public order. The report also details how immigrant gangs are taking over, and how police are being treated with disrespect and violence. Rainer Wendt, president of the German Police Union, says that police are too scared to even stop their cars in certain areas of Duisburg, because once they do, "they'll be surrounded by 40 or 50 men." In one situation, two police officers tried to arrest two Lebanese men for smoking cannabis on the streets of Duisburg. They were immediately surrounded by over 100 men. In the end, those two police officers had to be rescued by dozens of other police officers. In another situation, police tried to break up a fight between two rival gangs, but when they showed up, both gangs turned on the police instead of fighting each other.
Another German city which has fallen into a state of lawlessness is Gelsenkirchen. One example of this was when police tried to pull someone over for speeding. After pulling the individual over, the suspect fled on foot. The two officers pursued the individual, and he went around a corner. As soon as the police officers turned the corner, they were met with a crowd of over 50 men who were obviously waiting for them. They had appeared out of nowhere. Immediately this crowd started attacking the isolated police officers, and a 15-year-old boy strangled one officer to the point where he fell unconscious. Dozens of police reinforcements were called in and eventually the situation was controlled. This is just one example of the state of this city, and it comes as no surprise as to why parts of this city are known as "no go zones."
6 Berlin Suburbs
Much like Paris, Berlin is a massive city that is famous all over the world, but there are parts of it that are very dangerous. Numerous fights have occurred across Berlin in immigrant neighborhoods such as Neukölln, where a nightclub brawl required over 60 police officers to subdue, or a playground fight between two children resulted in a massive fight between two immigrant families. Or there was the case of a wedding in Tempelhof, where two families began fighting, but once the police arrived both families began fighting the police instead. Bernhard Witthaut, Chief Police Commissioner of Germany, has revealed that many areas such as these are becoming "no go zones." When asked about the problem, he said, "Every police commissioner and interior minister will deny it. But of course we know where we can go with the police car and where, even initially, only with the personnel carrier. The reason is that our colleagues can no longer feel safe there in twos, and have to fear becoming the victim of a crime themselves. We know that these areas exist. Even worse: in these areas, crimes no longer result in charges. They are left to themselves. Only in the worst cases do we in the police learn anything about it. The power of the state is completely out of the picture."
5 Gaya Island
Gaya Island is a very popular tourist location, but it is also famous for something else. It's one of the most well-known "no go zones" for police, and its inhabited by mostly illegal immigrants. Since the 1970's refugees have come to this island in an attempt to escape the war in the south Philippines. These people are comprised mostly of the Tausūg and Bajau peoples. The government does not recognize them and the area is known as an illegal settlement. One area, called Kampung Lok Urai, is especially well-known as a dangerous area where police refuse to enter. There is a lot of crime, and no law exists. The government has offered to move the residents into much better houses on a nearby island, but the people do not trust this promise and refuse to move.
4 London's Tower Hamlets
Just like Berlin and Paris, London is a city that is the very model of a civilized urban area. It seems unthinkable that there are areas within this city that are ruled by lawlessness, but these places do in fact exist. The most well-known of these areas are known as the "Tower Hamlets." These areas have a high Muslim population and some of these people have repeatedly attempted to install Sharia Law over the areas, completely disregarding British law. Women who refuse to dress "modestly" (not wearing a veil) are threatened with death. Signs are put up all around the area, proclaiming the fact that the area is now under Sharia Law. When non-Muslims and Muslims alike are beaten and threatened for breaking the rules of Sharia Law, many people say that the police are reluctant to intervene, and sometimes ignore the crimes altogether. Numerous times people have been beaten badly when they drink on the streets of these Sharia Law Zones (drinking in public is legal in England). In one case, an American tourist was beaten so badly after drinking wine in public that he woke up in hospital with a shattered eye socket. In this case, the guilty party was arrested. In one area of London, bar and restaurant owners have been threatened with 40 lashes if they try to sell alcohol. The former home secretary of the British government, John Reid, was threatened by a large mob of Muslims when he went to one of these areas. There seems to be a growing campaign to create "mini Islamic states" within London, and the idea is that they would operate outside of British law.
Sydney is known as one of the best places in the world to live, but just like its European counterparts, there are some areas of the city that police are afraid to go into. We're mainly talking about Lakemba here, a suburb of Sydney best known for its massive Muslim population, but similar areas also exist in Parramatta and Guildford. These areas are suspected of being hotbeds of Islamic radicalization and terrorist cells. One Sydney Police Officer stated that, “There are certain addresses where each time we go with the full backing of the police force, including the Bearcat [armored vehicle].’’ The police state that there are no areas that they are afraid to patrol (at least with the aid of armored vehicles and automatic weapons), but some have a different point of view of the situation. Mr. Nalliah is a political leader speaking out against the "Islamification" of Sydney neighborhoods, and he claims that Muslims are taking over entire suburbs and turning them into "no go zones." There have been multiple Muslim riots over the years in these areas.
2 Luton And Rotherham
Luton is another British city where residents are concerned about the rising lawlessness and reluctance of police to interfere with crimes being committed by the large immigrant populations. There are claims that elderly residents are being harassed by newer arrivals to the town, to the point where they are forced to leave the town. Businesses are vandalized and smashed when they do not conform to Muslim laws. The town itself is now dominated by mosques, the largest of which has a loudspeaker that calls Muslims to prayer from all across the town.
Rotherham was the site of one the biggest police controversies in the history of the British police. Girls who came from drug-addicted, poor families were taken into the care of social workers. The girls were then taken by Pakistani gang members, raped, abused, and prostituted out to other men, while being given drugs and alcohol in return. When the girls told their social workers, they did nothing. When the girls told the police, they did nothing. When the story was finally revealed, the police claimed they were trying not to "rock the multicultural boat." This is because all of these 14-year-old girls were white, and their rapists were Pakistani, and the police claimed that reporting the crimes would have given multiculturalism a bad name.
Birmingham has one of the largest Muslim populations of any city outside of the Middle-East, and it's increasingly becoming an area in which police are reluctant to patrol and enforce the rule of law. There is even an alleged campaign to turn Birmingham public schools into so-called "Sharia Law Zones," forcing children to eat halal meals in the cafeteria, and wear burkas in the playgrounds, even if they are not Muslim. Sir Tom Winsor, the chief inspector of the police forces in England said that, "some parts of Britain have their own form of justice." He is referring of course to Sharia Law. In Alum Rock, two Christian preachers were told they would be arrested if they continued to hand out Christian leaflets in this Muslim area. They were told that they would be charged with a "hate crime."