"Threat" triggers mass police presence at Christian debate in Ede

Dutch police Arrest team
File photo of a Dutch police arrest team (photo: Politie)File photo of a Dutch police arrest team (photo: Politie)

The Christian party leader debate in Ede on Thursday evening was guarded by heavily armed police officers due to a "threat". The debate in the CineMec finished without incident, AD reports.

Several police units responded to the CineMec on Thursday night. Heavily armed officers stood in front of the building, two riot police vans were on site and policemen with machine guns and bulletproof vests were on the building's roof, according to the newspaper. 

The police would not say what the threat entailed or how it was received. The only thing said is that there was a real threat that was taken very seriously. According to a spokesperson, it was not necessary to end the debate and evacuate the building, but there was reason for the large police force. 

The Christian debate was organized by the Nederalands Dagblad. CDA leader Sybrand Buma, ChristenUnie leader Gert-Jan Segers and SGP leader Kees van der Staaij were guests.