Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Dutch get tough on terrorism (not)

The Dutch government has decided to use the European blacklist of terror organizations. Believe it or not, this list is EVEN stricter than the one the Dutch used to date.
This means that organizations like Hamas, Al-Aqsa martyrs brigade and the Kurdish PKK are now illegal in the Netherlands.
Organizations allied to Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are also outlawed.

Is that tough or what?

Being blacklisted does not mean organizations have to be disbanded, but its members have to cease all activities. If they don't, they risk a jail sentence of up to one year.

Just in case you're wondering: This is not a joke. Well, it is of course, but the measure itself is serious.


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