Dutch fearful of extremism

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19 April 2007, AMSTERDAM – The National Security Survey 2007 indicates that the Dutch are fearful of the effects of extremism. Almost 80 percent of the population thinks that there are extremist groups in the Netherlands that threaten freedom. Primarily fundamentalists and religious fanatics are seen as threatening.

19 April 2007

AMSTERDAM – The National Security Survey 2007 indicates that the Dutch are fearful of the effects of extremism. Almost 80 percent of the population thinks that there are extremist groups in the Netherlands that threaten freedom. Primarily fundamentalists and religious fanatics are seen as threatening.

The National Security Survey 2007 was published today. Just over 1,000 residents were questioned as part of the survey.

Terrorists and members of extreme right-wing groups were also cited as a threat to the constitutional state, but markedly less frequently than fundamentalists and religious fanatics.

Middle-aged Dutch in particular see extremism as a threat. It also turned out that highly educated people were more likely to indicate that they thought there were groups in the Netherlands that endanger their freedom.

Freedom is seen as an important value to Dutch democracy. Residents value the freedom of speech particularly highly, the survey showed.

Respondents felt this freedom was certainly under pressure: almost 40 percent said that you cannot always freely express your opinion, especially in the debate on the multicultural society, respondents said.

"Evidently this debate has become so polarised that people feel they cannot always say what they like," the report reads.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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