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Laws to fight extremism unveiled in Netherlands

A man holds up a knife as he rides on the back of a motorcycle touring the streets of Tabqa city with others in celebration after Islamic State militants took over Tabqa air base, in nearby Raqqa city August 24, 2014.


The Dutch government unveiled a package of measures Friday aimed at countering radicalization of Muslims in the country, a day after police announced the arrest of two men suspected of recruiting people to fight in conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The proposals include beefing up the government's powers to strip people of their Dutch nationality if they join terrorist groups overseas or play a role in foreign terror training camps.

They also are aimed at countering the spread of extremism online and via social media by tackling Internet providers that knowingly allow terror organizations to spread jihadi propaganda.

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"In the Netherlands, there is no room for spreading hate or extremism," Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government said in a statement.

Justice and Security Minister Ivo Opstelten said about 130 Dutch citizens have already travelled to the Middle East to fight with militant group like Islamic State and al-Qaida and more than 30 have already returned.

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