Hirsi Ali's neighbours go to court over security
10 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Neighbours of Ayaan Hirsi Ali are going to court to protest at what they claim is the unbearable disruption caused to their lives by the security around the threatened MP.
10 November 2005
AMSTERDAM — Neighbours of Ayaan Hirsi Ali are going to court to protest at what they claim is the unbearable disruption caused to their lives by the security around the threatened MP.
The case against the Dutch State and the owner of Hirsi Ali's apartment will be heard by a court in The Hague on 25 November, newspaper 'Algemeen Dagblad' said on Thursday.
The neighbours involved in the case indicate they are sick and tired of the hustle and bustle caused by the armour-plated car used to ferry Hirsi Ali from her home near the centre of The Hague to Parliament. The complaints also relate to the security cameras "everywhere".
One neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "It is crack-pot. The security guards drive out of the parking garage with squealing tyres - in the middle of a residential area. The guards walk around day and night, and a car with the engine running is constantly stationed outside our window. I've had enough".
Somali-born Hirsi Ali is a member of the Liberal Party (VVD) in the Dutch Parliament. She has been the recipient of numerous death threats due to her outspoken criticism of aspects of Islam.
Together with filmmaker Theo van Gogh, she worked on the short film 'Submission', which used semi-nude actresses to criticise the position of women in Islamic societies.
Van Gogh was murdered Islamic extremist Mohammed B. on 2 November 2004. Hirsi Ali and Independent Conservative MP Geert Wilders went into hiding for some time after the killing.
In April newspaper 'De Telegraaf' reported that Hirsi Ali's new neighbours were unhappy about the news Hirsi Ali was taking an apartment next to them.
[Copyright Expatica News 2005]
Subject: Dutch news