Amstelveen mayor threatened over asylum center

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Mirjam van 't Veld (Photo: Nico Jacobs/Wikimedia Commons). (Mirjam van 't Veld (Photo: Nico Jacobs/Wikimedia Commons))

Amstelveen mayor Miriam van 't Veld received a letter containing death threats over the municipality's plans to give shelter to asylum seekers, she informed the city council in a letter on Thursday, AT5 reports.

"You will understand that I am shocked, but even more that I am disappointed about the people who sent the letter to me anonymously, the beliefs they proclaim, beliefs that apparently have to be imposed with a death threat", the mayor wrote. "We as a municipality assumed the responsibility to take in asylum seekers And we do not do so as a municipality alone, but together with many volunteers and the whole community. I will not yield to threats."

Amstelveen plans to house up to 400 asylum seekers in a vacant office building in the coming months. Many residents expressed concerns about the shelter during information evenings.

Van 't Veld reported the threat and the Public Prosecutor is investigating.