Mayor sends man who disrupted queen's concert to psychiatric clinic
Monday 05 September 2011
A man who took over the microphone at a concert attended by queen Beatrix on Saturday and called on the audience to recognise Allah has been admitted to a psychiatric institution, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.
The man, who was well-dressed and spoke Dutch, has been forcibly committed by Amsterdam's mayor Eberhard van der Laan, the paper said.
During the incident, members of the orchestra were seen leaving the stage as the man told them not to worry because he did not have a bomb.
He was then escorted off by security officials. The queen remained seated throughout the incident.
According to the Telegraaf, the man has disrupted events in a similar fashion at least four times since 2009.
The Telegraaf says the incident has again highlighted the difficulty of making sure security around the monarch is secure. In particular officials are concerned at length of time it took security officers to intervene.