Dutch parliament buildings sealed by police

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14 October 2005, AMSTERDAM — Police officers and members of the specialist Mobiele Eenheid sealed off the parliament complex in The Hague on Friday morning.

14 October 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police officers and members of the specialist Mobiele Eenheid sealed off the parliament complex in The Hague on Friday morning.

No reason has been given for the closure of the 'Binnenhof'.

Haaglanden police department has referred all questions to the office of the national anti-terrorism Coördinator (NCTb).

But a spokesman there declined to shed any light on the matter. "What you see is what you see," he said. He indicated the situation would be clarified later on Friday.

Sources have told news agency ANP that there is a "heightened threat" but there is no further information on what this threat is.

Parliament buildings (file picture)

As far as the media is aware there are no high-level meetings or major foreign officials scheduled for the Binnenhof or in the Dutch parliament on Friday. The Cabinet is to hold its weekly Friday meeting in the Trêves-zaal.

Parliament does not meet on Friday and few MPs are in and around the Binnenhof by the end of the working week. One door into the parliament (De Tweede Kamer) is locked and members of the Mobiele Eenheid are guarding the entrance on Het Plein (the square).

Police officers are also stopping and checking passing cars.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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