Coronavirus boosts extremist breeding grounds: AIVD

Headquarters of AIVD in Zoetermeer.Photo: Wikipedia

Domestic and foreign threats to Dutch society, partly due to the coronavirus, took on various and often complex forms in 2020, the National Security Service AIVD said in its annual report.

Part of this took place in the form of anti-government protests against coronavirus, and AIVD said it approved or indicated that small groups would use intimidation, intimidation and violence.

In particular, right-wing extremist groups “appeared out of the shadows” and began to publish, presenting their ideas in a respectable way. According to AIVD, these groups are gradually gaining a foothold in public protests.

Nevertheless, officials said jihad terrorism continues to be the greatest direct threat facing the Netherlands due to the impact of international development. “ISIS resurrections and attacks, or new conflict zones, could mobilize Dutch jihadists and increase the threat,” AIVD said.

The report also said that industrial espionage continues to be a serious threat to the Netherlands’ economic security and prosperity, and AIVD is more focused on identifying, preventing and fighting it.

For example, in December 2020, AIVD dismantled an extensive network of people who shared high-quality technical knowledge with two Russian spies.

According to AIVD, to guarantee national security, more security services, especially the ability to tackle cybercrime, need to be invested.

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Coronavirus boosts extremist breeding grounds: AIVD

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