MPs back new terrorism law

A majority of MPs have backed a new law aimed at tightening up the country’s anti-terrorism legislation. Under the new rules, people suspected of involvement in terrorism can be banned from being in the vicinity of potential targets (both places and people) and be ordered to report daily to a police station. Home affairs minister Guusje ter Horst says the new regulation will apply to a maximum of around 20 people.

Opponents of the new legislation include the Socialist Party and anti-immigration PVV. The SP says the law introduces a grey area where suspicion replaces concrete evidence.
The PVV argues that someone banned from, for example, Schiphol airport, could easily adopt a new target. The party also says it will be difficult to monitor people constantly to make sure banning orders are kept to.

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