National anti-terrorism campaign begins
27 February 2006, AMSTERDAM — The government launched its national terrorism information campaign on Monday.
27 February 2006
AMSTERDAM — The government launched its national terrorism information campaign on Monday.
The campaign is entitled 'Nederland tegen terrorisme' (Netherlands against terrorism) and will seek the assistance of the public to minimise the chance of a terrorist attack in the Netherlands.
Adverts will be run on television and on radio later this year and a leaflet will be delivered to every house in the country to explain what the government is doing and how ordinary people can help. The campaign also has its own website (www.nederlandtegenterrorisme.nl).
Justice Minister Piet Hein Donner, Interior Minister Johan Remkes and national anti-terrorism coordinator Tjibbe Joustra unveiled the campaign in The Hague on Monday.
The campaign, costing EUR 4.8 million this year, emphasises there are 200,000 professionals working together every day to minimise the chance of an attack. This group includes the police, the Military Police (marechaussee), justice officials, the intelligence services and employees of Dutch Rail NS.
The main advice to the public is to be pay attention when in crowded areas and to always keep a close eye on personal belongings. Suspicious activity and websites that incite hate should be reported to the authorities, the campaign says.
The campaign is not a reaction to a specific threat, but rather the government's answer to opinion polls showing the public wants information on how to deal with the threat of terrorism.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2006]
Subject: Dutch news