The coordinator of the government’s anti-terrorism efforts Tjibbe Joustra has criticised the ‘radical’ tone used by some anti-Islam campaigners for being sharp enough to possibly ‘push individuals who were considering violence over the edge’.
In an interview with the AD newspaper Joustra said that while freedom of expression was paramount, ‘that does not mean you have to say everything’.
‘The Netherlands has almost one million Muslims and the overwhelming majority oppose every form of violence,’ Joustra told the paper. ‘The group of extremists who worry us number a couple of hundred. But if you listen to the discussions over the past few months, people have lost that perspective.’
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