Local leaders regularly threatened

10th January 2008, Comments 0 comments

The home affairs minister says it is not unusual for local leaders to receive threats.

10 January 2008

HILVERSUM – Mayors and other local leaders are regularly threatened and sometimes provided personal security as a result. Home Affairs Minister Guusje ter Horst said this on Thursday on Radio 1.

She said it was "absurd" that local leaders were exposed to these kinds of threats. She was responding to the security provided to an alderman in Venray after threats from animal rights activists.

Ter Horst said on Wednesday she would help provide protection for alderman Lei Heldens (CDA) in Venray. He is responsible for the development of a large industrial park on the A73, which will also house laboratories for animal testing.

A large investor in the park recently withdrew from the project after employees' homes were vandalised by animal rights activists.

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Subject: Dutch news

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