Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Head of Aruba Protocol Threatens Dutch Parliamentarian

Eric Brete, head of the protocol of the Government of Aruba, has threatened to beat up visiting Dutch Parliamentarian Hero Brinkman (Freedom Party). Brete said: “Aruba is not corrupt. I have to try hard to restrain myself from beating you up.” He was prevented from doing so by other Aruba government employees. Although Brinkman is part of a Dutch Parliamentary delegation, he decided not to submit a complaint. He said, “This is a naive man with the intelligence of a 4-year old child.” He added: “If he wants to beat me up, I’ll fight back. I served 23 years with the police.” Brinkman added that he thinks that the threat was a reaction to his statement that Aruba is “corrupt like hell.”

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