Donner defends Dutch anti-terrorism measures
26 October 2005, AMSTERDAM - Justice minister Piet Hein Donner defended on Wednesday Dutch moves to fight terrorism, claiming changes in the law do not mean the constitutional state is being harmed.
26 October 2005
AMSTERDAM - Justice minister Piet Hein Donner defended on Wednesday Dutch moves to fight terrorism, claiming changes in the law do not mean the constitutional state is being harmed.
"These charges are unfounded," said Donner at a seminar on terrorism in Amsterdam.
"Changing existing Dutch law doesn’t mean that the constitutional state will be hurt.
"Murdering and mutilation of innocent victims does harm the constitutional state," he said.
Donner went on to say he understands public concern about current anti-terrorist measures.
D66 minister Alexander Pechtold said in a recent interview that the Netherlands "overreacts" to threats of terrorist attacks.
He accused Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende of intensifying this "doom" thinking by repeatedly warning the public about possible terrorist attacks.
These recent measures have been supported by a large majority of the House of Representatives, although the D66 was against some of them.
Donner said he believed Dutch nationals and immigrants, including Muslims and non- Muslims, should try to get along to prevent problems in the future.
The murder of film-maker Theo van Gogh has stirred up underlying tensions between groups but at the same time made people realise that everyone should try to get along with one another, he said.
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Subject: Dutch news