Zaandam troublemaker apologises for his ‘stupid behaviour’

Photo: Ismail Ilgun via Twitter

Photo: Ismail Ilgun via Twitter

The vlogger at the centre of the row about young men causing trouble outside a shopping centre in Zaandam has apologized for what he called his ‘stupid behaviour’.

Ismail Illgun, 19, made the apology after spending a few days in a police cell for incitement. He and a group of other men hit the headlines several weeks ago for harassing locals and putting the videos online.

At one point prime minister Mark Rutte described them as ‘scum’ and a local councilor made a formal police complaint after being threatened.

‘I’ve put things online which I should not have done. Things should never have gone this far,’ Ilgun said on his Facebook page. ‘This is not what the lads and I wanted. We are young and inexperienced and don’t know anything about television and the media.’

‘We made mistakes we could have avoided… I have certainly learned from them,’ Ilgun said, adding that he had no intention of stopping making vlogs. has been free for 12 years, but now we are asking our readers to help. Your donation will enable us to keep providing you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch.
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