The Dutch politician Geert Wilders lives under constant threat of death. Because of his strong positions against Muslim immigration and the Islamization of his country, Mr. Wilders has to give speeches while wearing a bulletproof vest, and he sleeps every night at a different location. When I met him last year he had a host of alert and very professional bodyguards who kept a close eye on everyone who approached him.
Unfortunately, his security is still deficient, because a gun was successfully smuggled into his rooms in parliament. Luckily for Mr. Wilders, this was a test operation, and not a real attack.
According to this brief bulletin from Dutch News:
Wilders’ Security Stepped Up After Officials Smuggle in Gun
Undercover security officials have managed to smuggle a gun into rooms in parliament used by Geert Wilders’s team of MPs, the Telegraaf reports on Monday.
In total, four tests were carried out after Wilders had complained his security was not up to scratch. Two tests succeed, two failed, the paper says, without going into details.
Security around Wilders and PVV MPs has now been stepped up.
There’s more detail from Radio Netherlands:
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Wilders’ Security Breached
Special agents have succeeded in smuggling a firearm into the heavily-guarded offices of Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party in the parliament buildings in The Hague. A source confirmed the operation, which took place several weeks ago, in Monday’s edition of the Dutch daily De Telegraaf.
The newspaper report says the operation was carried out by the Special Security Assignments Brigade (BSB), a special unit of the Military Police. The test was carried out following a complaint from Mr Wilders that his security was inadequate.
A total of four attempts were made. Two were successful, two failed. Security at the parliament buildings has reportedly been tightened up since.
Visitors to the Dutch parliament pass through similar security as at airports. Coats and bags have to be handed in to cloakroom staff. Keys, wallets, belts and small bags are put in trays and run through an x-ray machine, while the visitors walk through a metal detector. Once through security, a guide takes them to the debating chamber. Party offices are off-limits and only accessible with special passes.
Hat tip: Flyboy.
Two tests succeed, two failed, the paper says, without going into details.
Harumph! Had the New York Times been reporting on this, I’m confident that their coverage would have provided all of the details about how a gun was successfully smuggled into Dutch Parliament chambers.
For some time now the NYT has been furnishing such details about anti-terrorist operations when all other sources mysteriously withhold them. However, according to the NYT’s community relations officer, their consistent pattern of detailed disclosure regarding this important subject matter has absolutely no connection with the nosedive in their circulation numbers.
Well, any attempt against Wilders is better to be successful or it will only be a huge boost for him and his party. But, like Fortuyn, beware more some european leftist than some wannabe shahid.
If the Islamists are able to hit him in a mortal way, the backlash would be huge. He is not a sigle, lone, filmaker. He is the leader of a large party. Assaulting him is serious business.
The other parties would be forced to react harshly against the Islamists. Not doing so would jeopardize their positions and reputations and their future ability to survive politically and as living beings.
The large part of the voters that chosed Wilders are real moderates. If they lose trust in the state and in the government, they will start to resort to self protection.
Thanks for keeping us updated, Baron.
Praying for safety.