The Dutch government is showing critics that they had better keep quiet by refusing to pay for her security in the US, says former MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali in an interview with Danish paper Jyllands Posten, reports the Volkskrant.
In her first interview since the Netherland said it would no longer pay for round-the-clock protection while she is abroad, Hirsi Ali says the decision was not based on money but on principles.
‘It costs less to let me be protected by a US security company than a Dutch one,’ the former MP is quoted as saying.
‘I think the government wants to sent a message out to others in the Netherlands, that they should keep quiet. They apparently want to reassure Muslims by saying ‘look, we are on your side. Hirsi Ali is a baddie, we are the goodies’,’ Hirsi Ali said.
Justice minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin stopped paying for Hirsi Ali’s security on October 1, shortly after she was awarded a green card for permanent residence in the US. She is now raising the money privately.
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