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letter of a German citizen to Chief-Minister Manohar Parrikar
complaining about the drug and noise situation in Anjuna and first
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Panjim, June 20, 2012
Anjuna from the eyes of a foreigner!
June 21, 2012
German tourist writes to Parrikar about ‘drug-rave-spots’ at Anjuna
A German citizen, a frequent visitor to Goa, has written to Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar stating several disturbances in Anjuna, coastal tourist village in north Goa and citing drug-rave-spots and names of local "heavy weights" that cause nightmares to local inhabitants and peaceful tourists.
A copy of the letter has been released on its latest newsletter by Indo-German Society of Goa (IGSG) here this week withholding the identity of the writer.
"During our last stay from November 2011 till April 2012, there was not a single night in more than five months without this monotone, penetrating, nerve-racking, and horrific so called music, unabated all night, not even on so called dry days," the German national says.
"Drug trafficking and drug-rave-parties give Anjuna Beach a bad reputation as being the best drug spot at all in Goa – spread worldwide in international travel magazines and via social networks. Goa is called the paradise-turned-disastrous little State," says the writer of the letter.
Referring to the behaviour of Indian tourists, the writer says: "Tourist-Security-Force (seen only once in five months at Anjuna Beach) is urgently required.
Thousands of Indians walk up and down the beaches, the males revealing to be mostly voyeurs. Indian male tourists’ molesting single female tourists is the order of the day and night. To make matters worse, Indian male tourists prefer to click pictures of naked little foreign children with hidden cameras. Foreign tourists get angry about this quite often, and once even forced some Indian tourists to delete the pictures," says the letter.
"It is a poor reality that the residents of this short coastal belt of Anjuna Beach are afraid to call the police... as they fear police reprisals on them such as threatening phone calls, fire in their houses, demolished cars, poisoned pets, harassment, and so on.
If we, the so called foreigners, call the police for help – the arrogant phrase is always the same: "What do you want? We have no time. We are busy."
We, the so called foreigners, can flee from this horrific sound and dust pollution scene... but how about the local people? Their quality of life has come down to zero." he concludes.
IBNS (INDIAN BLOOMER NEWS SERVICE) - Panjim, June 20, 2012
Sanitize Anjuna Coast: German Tourist
by John Edwards
A German tourist has pleaded for "peace" for the Goans living in the coastal Anjuna, in a letter to the state Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.
The tourist, whose identity has been kept under wraps, has spoken about four drug-rave-spots on the 1.6 kms Anjuna beach and unbearable noise pollution.
"Indians hailing from the northern states welcome the tourists with a wide range of drugs. It is openly pushed on the roads, beaches, rave parties and the men-in-khaki have given them a free hand, "he alleged in the letter.
"The hobnobbing of the policemen with drugs dealers has to come to an end…"he said requesting Parrikar for speedy crackdown of the drug dens.
The letter has also described how the local residents in the coastal belt are troubled by the foreign tourists who indulge in several other notorious acts. Music restriction is another appeal by this German tourist.
The chief minister is yet to react on the letter.
Anjuna beach had hit international headlines four years ago when the bruised skimpily clad body of British teen Scarlett Keleing Eden was found.
The case trial is still ongoing in the Goa Children’s Court against two locals who allegedly drugged, molested and left the girl to die on the beach.
Anjuna/Panaji, June 23, 2012
Please Save Goa from Drugs and Garbage: German Goaphile
A German Goaphile has appealed to the state's chief minister to cleane Goa's coastline of drugs and garbage which he said was giving the state a bad name and driving away foreign tourists.
The German, who has requested anonymity as he was not seeking publicity for himself, has asked Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar to save the village of Anjuna as well as other coastal areas from the clutches of the drug mafia and the "nerve-racking and horrific" rave parties.
The chief minister's office has confirmed the receipt of the email.
"Drugs are openly pushed on roads, beaches, in front of drug-rave spots and the men in khaki (are) turning a blind eye and a deaf ear. Many are involved in drug rave parties - earning a slice of the big cake. The hobnobbing of policemen with drug dealers has to come to an end," the German whistleblower said in his letter to Parrikar.
The German national has even spelt out names of people and restaurants and beach-front establishments that deal in drugs and has demanded that Parrikar act.
"Drug trafficking and drug-rave parties give Anjuna beach the bad reputation as the best drug spot in all Goa - spread worldwide in international travel magazines and via social networks," the Goaphile complained, adding that the noise caused by raves is unbearable to the locals living in the vicinity.
Expressing his concern over the burgeoning problem of garbage management, the letter states that the sea in Goa was contaminated and was beginning to drive "foreign tourists to neighbouring states, where they can enjoy clean beaches and relaxed days and nights without the garbage, stink, drugs and crime".
A spokesperson for the Indo-German Friendship Society said that the concerns raised by the German national echoed the sentiments of its members, several of whom are Goans settled in Germany and Germans who regularly travel to Goa.
"German ladies are increasingly being molested on the beaches by domestic tourists who come from outside of Goa. It happens quite often that German ladies are even touched by Indian male tourists and asked to pose for a picture, hand in hand, with them," Germany-based Aurobindo Xavier, the society convenor, told IANS.
"Trafficking and the consuming of drugs, especially in north Goa, is a serious matter not only for Germans. Nobody likes to spend his vacations in a hotspot for drugs like it is in north Goa. Do we want Germans to come down to Goa to consume drugs? Is this the priority for tourist attraction," he asked.
Aurobindo, who has in the past made efforts to raise the issue of environment pollution as well as garbage management in Goa, said that the letter to the chief minister perfectly speaks for not only German Goa lovers, but Goans themselves.
"German tourists feel unpleasant seeing garbage piling up around in Goa. Unfortunately we Goans have been living a long time in denial of the garbage problem," Aurobindo said.
When contacted, a spokesperson for the chief minister's office (CMO) said that Parrikar was aware of the contents of the email. However, according to Aurobindo, there had been no official communication from the CMO even a month after the letter was received by Parrikar's office.