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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.

Repeat offender

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.

© DutchNews.nl

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Readers' comments (5)

Not willing maybe to support the guy's message and methods of spreading his beliefs, i'm rather surprised that a mayor has actual power to put a person in loony bin. He's merelly a civil servant with bigger sign off limits, not a trained/licensed doctor, nor a judge or jury. That is so populistic and most probably should entitle the muslim guy few bob after he gets out.

By OZ4 | September 5, 2011 11:07 AM

The fear on the faces of the Dutch audience tells a thousand stories, scared witless about the threat islam poses, but yet still suck up to it in appeasement...

By proquci | September 5, 2011 4:10 PM

This man appeared polite, intelligent and non-threatening. Maybe if other religions were given a voice in The Netherlands, he would not feel the need to do this. Who gives a toss if the Queen was in the audience?

By Quest | September 5, 2011 11:52 PM

@Quest - So what if he's polite, intelligent and non-threatening?

It was a concert.
He has no place spreading any of that crap around there.

It doesn't matter if the queen is there, but if some guy took over the mic and started babbling about religion i'd want that person shot.
Multiple times.

By Mystery | September 7, 2011 3:10 AM

This is proof that not all countries are more concerned about the civil rights of those who would seek to bring harm to the free world.

By Knight Rider | September 7, 2011 4:44 PM

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