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Netherlands fears killing over proposed burka ban

[JURIST] Fears have arisen in The Netherlands over the safety of Dutch Integration Minister Rita Verdonk [official profile] after police Friday arrested seven people suspected of planning to assassinate two other Dutch politicians named on a Islamist "hit list" pinned to the body of assassinated Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh [BBC report] last November. Last week Verdonk triggered outrage in the almost 1 million-strong Dutch Muslim community [Wikipedia backgrounder] by suggesting the government might take the unprecedented step of banning the burka [JURIST report], the Muslim covering for women that leaves open only a small region about the eyes. There are concerns she too might be targeted on or near the anniversary of Van Gogh's murder. The Times of London has more.

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