Jaak Raes of the Interior Ministry Crisis Centre told the VRT that raising the level of vigilance to “serious threat” is “simply a precautionary measure”.
The reason for the increased level of alert is the imminent release of a new “anti-Islam” film. “The Innocent Prophet” is the work of a Pakistani former Muslim now living in Spain.
The film-maker says that he want “to expose the filthy truth about the Prophet Mohamed. “ In the film the Prophet is portrayed as being a rapist and a paedophile.
Earlier this year, there were riots in the Antwerp district of Borgerhout after a demonstration against another anti-Islam film got out of hand.