Wilders in prison
Hirsi Ali told this today to the press. She wanted to protest how they both are treated. Representative Wilders declined to comment on the matter.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali reveals their secret locations “out of fear that others discover it. I want to live on a place of which everybody knows: here lives a threatened representative, but she is safe there. That’s how they do that in countries like Israel and the United States, but also in Italy and Spain.”
She experiences it as “very unjust and pathetic” that she has to live on secret locations. She thinks the “basic rights to be involved in politics” is under threat by the security philosophy professed by Minister Donner and the National Security Coordinator (NCBB). She says the philosophy is this: “Who is under threat should disappear”.
This way they “unintended reach the goals of my opponents who do every thing to stop me: from threats to murder plans.”, Hirsi Ali says.
The threatened representatives are them selves not informed about nature or gravity of the threats. Hirsi Ali says the situation is also no longer temporary. She already had to leave her own house in September 2002. But she can not reach agreement with the NCBB about a permanent residence: "Their objective is that is has to be a secret location, without a view, a house where nobody can see you. That way you always have the risk that you have to move, if some does see you"
Representative Wilders is told, that he has to stay in jail until September before he can get other housing. Five years a go this prison was used to hold the Libyan terrorist who blew up a plane above Lockerbie. After the Lockerbie trial the prison has been used for drug traffickers from Schiphol. But at this moment it is used for illegal aliens and other criminals.
Hirsi Ali confirms that her work as a representative is under pressure: “the work of a representative is stressful, I can not go home in the weekend and unwind like other representatives. I’m prepared to invest heavily in public life, but this is out of proportion. I have no freedom.”
Note: The press and other parliamentary members, some even of her own liberal (VVD) party have attacked Hirsi Ali in the past and suggested that her work as representative is under pressure and said she could better stop.
Update: Reactions on Hirsi Ali
Represent Wilders says in the TV news that he "agrees for 300% with her critique" given by Hirsi Ali earlier this day. He says he is offered "other options than the prison cell, but they where just as bad". He says he can understand that directly after the murder of Theo van Gogh there was no housing, but now it is different.
Prime minister Balkenende was not pleased with Hirsi Ali her statements, because it would harm their security. He finds it "nearly unbelievable" that a representative gives away hiding place. He does not want to make security a source of public discussion. The police confirms that Hirsi Ali stayed at the Marine base, but says she will not go there ever again.
Justice minister Donner, responsible for their security, says he regrets her statements. He says he understands their difficult situation but that they should restrain them selves when they speak about personal security. In the past Donner has said that Wilders and others should not use their personnel protection as status symbol.
Parliamentary chairman Weisglass says the government should make more effort in providing as normal housing as possible for the two parliamentary members. Last month he called it a duty of the government that parliamentary members can lead a normal life.
Vice fraction leader B. de Vries of the liberal party (VVD), the party of Hirsi Ali, says it is not handy of Hirsi Ali to give away her address: "Now her security is even more at risk and that can not be her intention. The Liberal party (VVD) worries about that".
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Bloggers comment on the affair:
Delfstman - "I was sickened by the thought ..."
National Review: The corner - "Grim news from Holland ..."
Blogs for Bush - "wages of cowardice ..."
Prairie Fire - "cowardly appeasement mentality ..."
VFR - "Freedom for Moslems means slavery for us"
MyBlog.de - "Eine unglaubliche Schande in Holland ..."
Livejournal Ruggels - "THis is just sad"
Gene Expression - Parliamentarians in prison = security?
Belmont Club - The World Turned Upside Down
H/T: Dutch Disease
Source: NRC, NU, Nieuws