MP concerned about death threats to Syrian activists

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The Socialist Party has voiced concern about online intimidation by Syrian authorities in the Netherlands. Opponents of the regime have received death threats in Arabic, Dutch newspaper Algemeen Dagblad reports.

MP Harry van Bommel will appeal to Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal and Interior Minister Piet Hein Donner today in parliament to take measures to protect the activists against “electronic terror”.

At this year’s Arab Film Festival in Rotterdam, the closing party held on 11 September was interrupted by a support of President Bashar al-Assad. The man was enraged because of a door mat with a portrait of Mr Assad on it. He started chanting death slogans aimed at opponents of the Syrian regime before being removed from the festival.

One of the victims of the online threats is Syrian filmmaker Rosh Abdelfatah. “On the site, they call us called enemies in Arabic and say they’re going to do us in. We can’t use the site anymore, which basically obstructs our work.”

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