Security for Dutch PM Increased

A Dutch newspaper reported that the Dutch prime minister’s security had been increased after he received death threats.

After receiving information about a possible attack by individuals related to the drug trade, police have beefed up protection for Prime Minister Mark Rutte.

Since taking office almost 11 years ago, Rutte, whose conservative government has promised to crackdown on organized crime, has always sought to preserve a limited amount of personal protection. 

Rutte is frequently seen riding between his residence and government facilities in The Hague and is often accosted by onlookers who want to take selfies or converse with him.

An unidentified government source corroborated the report in De Telegraaf. The Dutch security services have declined to comment on the information.

“Safety and protection are issues never to be discussed in public,” Rutte told reporters.

In recent months, several people have been fined or sentenced to prison for threatening ministers and parliamentarians, primarily over COVID-19 regulations.

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