Rotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb is under extra security due to a death threat he received after a city council debate on Thursday, June 15th, he said on NOS World Cup program Studio Russia on Sunday.
"It was because of a debate with DENK over Pegida. I decided not to ban Pegida but to let them demonstrate. That same afternoon there was a serious death threat", Aboutaleb said. Aboutaleb was on his way home when he received the threat. He decided not to return to the city hall that day, and had to be replaced at the next city council meeting. "It is very annoying when you are confronted with this while you are doing your work and trying to do the right thing."