Mayor Bruls and family had to leave home for the threat: ‘It was really scary’

“We can take a beating, but this was really scary”, adds Bruls’ wife Ilse† “The police really made us leave our house in a hurry.” In the end, the case went off without a hitch.

It remained quiet in Nijmegen on the day in question, November 28, partly due to a considerable police effort. Hubert and Ilse Bruls and their two daughters were able to return home safely at the end of the day.

Bruls (56) became one of the well-known faces of crisis management through his role as chairman of the Security Council, in which mayors of large cities hold consultations. He regularly had to explain corona measures. That was not always appreciated.

“It was bad to see how indiscriminate people judged Hubert,” his wife says in the interview, which was conducted because he has been mayor of Nijmegen for ten years. “The insults, the yelling, the fat shaming: that hurts. You are talking about my husband, about our father.”

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