Sunday, January 20, 2008

Secret Government Memorandum Issues Plans for Possible Evacuation of Dutch Embassies

In anticipation of the upcoming showing of the anti-Quran film by Conservative Party leader Geert Wilders, the government has issued a secret memorandum in which it inter alia sets out plans, in the case of attacks, for the evacuation of Dutch embassies. In this memorandum the government also discusses whether it should accommodate the sensibilities of dictatorial regimes in order to prevent riots, or whether it should protect freedom of opinion. A group of ministers held a special meeting last week to discuss the movie and its possible fallout.

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