Small Gathering In Holland Commemorates 4th Anniversary Of Van Gogh Assassination

By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER

November 2, 2008 - San Francisco, CA- PipeLineNews.org - A small group of people gathered today at the Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam, the location where film maker Theo van Gogh was murdered four years ago by the Islamic terrorist Mohammed Bouyeri [see, http://binnenland.nieuws.nl/533267/theo_van_gogh_herdacht_in_amsterdam]. The commemoration was organized by the Friends of Pim Fortuyn Foundation. Fortuyn was gunned down in a similar incident in 2002, assassinated by an animal rights extremist, who was also angered by Fortuyn's perceived anti-Muslim statements.

Bouyeri, a Dutch born Muslim Moroccan, shot, stabbed and nearly decapitated van Gogh in the ritualized killing.

After the observance, the group moved to "The Scream," a sculpture which was meant to memorialize van Gogh. It is located in the park across from where van Gogh was slaughtered. The organizers of the memorial urged that people take measures to safeguard their freedom of speech.

According to the Remembering Theo van Gogh website, "Theo was our spokesman and release valve and dared to say what we thought. He was killed for that." [source, http://www.herdenktheovangogh.nl]

After four years of silence, Lieuwe van Gogh, Theo's 17 year old son, made an appearance on TV to talk about his father and the murder, recounting that "the shots echoed through the school," which he attended close by. [see, http://www.telegraaf.nl/binnenland/2340435/___Ik_hoorde_de_schoten_op_Theo___.html?p=30,1]

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