Sunday, July 20, 2008

Large Increase in Threats to Authorities

Threats to ministers, parliamentarians and members of the royal family have greatly increased. The specialized police department “Threatened Politicians” in The Hague has received 225 notices of such threats in the first half of 2008, as opposed to 267 in all of 2007. Threats include powder letters, intimidating telephone calls, letters and e-mails with death threats as well as hate rap songs. The person most threatened is Geert Wilders, the leader of the Freedom Party. The threats come from all segments of society. Many are from minors who, when they are arrested, say things like, “I wrote that I would cut off his head, but I didn’t mean it.”

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