A strange story from Expatica, with thanks to Anthony:
AMSTERDAM “” Alderman Ahmed Aboutaleb has launched a blistering attack on the Dutch government for the way Cabinet ministers reacted to the murder of filmmaker Theo van Gogh.
Moroccan-born Aboutaleb is in charge of Amsterdam City Council’s Social Affairs Department and has been under 24-hour guard following threats to his life in the days after Van Gogh was killed….
Several politicians, including Aboutaleb, also received death threats, apparently from radicalised Muslims.
Speaking on a radio programme on Tuesday morning, Aboutaleb rated the government’s response to the killing as “totally unsatisfactory”.
He said the only major response from senior politicians in The Hague was the appearance of Immigration Minister Rita Verdonk at an intentionally noisy rally in central Amsterdam hours after the killing to honour Van Gogh’s right to free speech.
Verdonk told the estimated 20,000 crowd that everyone “” native Dutch and Muslim newcomers “” had to decide “which side they were on” following Van Gogh’s murder.
Aboutaleb said there had been an “icy silence” from The Hague in the following days. “Our task was to join in a dialogue with the public, but I didn’t see the government really get involved. I feel I was let down,” he said.
“We heard nothing from the heart of the cabinet. No minister came to Amsterdam, not even a state secretary [junior minister].”…
Referring to the “declaration of war” against Islamic extremism made by Deputy Prime Minister Gerrit Zalm, Aboutaleb said: “I am unbelievably angry”.