Activists are Not Terrorists
Animal rights activists in the Netherlands are becoming more violent but
are not involved in actual terrorism, the state security service AIVD said
in a report on Thursday. The number of violent incidents involving animal
rights activists has gone up over the past two years but there is no evidence
that the aim is to damage society or terrify the public at large, the AIVD
Right-wing MPs have urged the government to brand animal rights activism
as terrorism, which would allow police to crack down more strongly.
The AIVD report said that the animal rights movement is highly splintered
but that there is a blurring between the members of organisations which
do not break the law and those which set fire to cars and spray houses with
In February, home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst pledged to look at ways
of protecting drugs companies from animal rights activists.
And in December Ter Horst announced the setting up of a special police squad
to focus on animal rights protesters.
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