Protection for Venray after threats
The home affairs minister promises help after the town is threatened by animal rights activists.9 January 2008
VENRAY – Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst has pledged to help protect the municipality of Venray against what have been dubbed "intimidating actions" by animal rights activists.
Ter Horst has agreed this with Mayor Jos Waals, a spokesperson for the municipality said on Wednesday.
City councillor Lei Heldens (CDA) reported intimidation by animal rights activists last weekend. The municipality did not want to comment whether he has been provided with personal security as a result. "We are not going to make any announcements about security," said the municipal spokesperson.
Heldens is the alderman responsible for the development of a large business park along the A73, which will also house laboratories for animal testing.
The largest investor in the Science Link life science technology centre, the Van der Looy company from Weert, recently withdrew from the project after the homes of several project managers were vandalised by animal rights activists.
A spokesperson for the home affairs ministry said on Wednesday that officials at the ministry were looking into what measures are necessary for better protection.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2008]
Subject: Dutch news