By merely threatening to attack civilians, terrorism censors public expression.
Terrorism directly endangers lives and property, but also terrorism censors speech and public expression. Recently, a concert was canceled in the Dutch city of Rotterdam because the Spanish police warned the Dutch authorities about a possible terrorism attack. Just like Antifa, terrorists can get public expressions stopped because people fear the violence that might be “provoked.”
The Guardian reports, “Allah-Las gig cancelled in Rotterdam due to terrorism warning.”
Police in Rotterdam detained the driver of a van with Spanish licence plates and a number of gas tanks inside after a concert by the US rock band Allah-Las was cancelled following a terrorism warning.
The Dutch city’s mayor, Ahmed Aboutaleb, said at a hastily arranged press conference that the van’s Spanish driver was being questioned by police. Military explosives experts were deployed to examine the van, police said.
Police said the concert, which had been due to take place on Wednesday night, was called off after Dutch police received a terrorism warning. Aboutaleb said the warning had come from Spanish police.
He declined to give further details on the nature of the warning or where in Spain it had come from, adding that it was too soon to link the van to the unspecified threat directed at the concert. “It is not yet good to say that the things are linked,” Aboutaleb said. “It still has to be established that there was a link between the van and the threat. We can’t say that yet.”
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