Dutch politician Thierry BadetHe leads the far-right Forum for Democracy (FvD) party He brutally hit his head During a campaign event for next Wednesday’s general election at a restaurant in the north of the Netherlands.
extreme right He was hit several times with a beer bottle During an election event in the city of Groningen in the north of the country, he was together with other FvD candidates and representatives, seen in pictures of the attack and announced by the political party on the social network X.
“After being hit again at an event, Thierry goes to UMCG (Groningen University Hospital). Everything seems to be going well. Baudet is treated by a trauma doctor. He was hit on the back of the head with a beer bottle And on the edge of the temple, next to the eye. A security guard also sustained facial injuries,” the party said in a brief statement.
A suspect has already been arrested and is being questioned by police officers in Groningen.
This is the second time in a very short time that Baudet has been attacked during an event: almost a month ago, during a visit to the University of Ghent in Belgium, an unknown person hit him on the head with an umbrella and he suffered a mild illness. The concussion forced him to stop campaigning for a few days.
The political party had planned another election event in the city of Zwolle, but canceled it due to Baudet’s “health and safety reasons”.
As he was attacked in Belgium, Dutch political leaders of all ideologies condemned what happened.
“There is Totally unacceptable Thierry Baudet has struck again. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: stay away from politicians. Always. I wish him strength and a speedy recovery,” said Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Frans Timmermans, leader of the left-wing Social Democratic Alliance PvdA and the green GroenLinks, warned that “violence is always unacceptable, in a democracy it is discussed using words, there is no justification for this attack.”
Liberal candidate Dylan Yesilkos (VVD) insisted “keep your hands off the people’s representatives: you can disagree with someone, but you do it with words, you never attack”.
Christian Democrat Peter Omtzigt asserted that “physically attacking and injuring Boudet is completely and utterly unacceptable, which seriously undermines democracy”, and lamented that “nothing seems to have been learned from 2002 and Pim Fortuyn”.
Fortuyn was shot dead by an environmental activist in retaliation for criticism of a Dutch politician, Islamic fundamentalism and open immigration policy, an event that took place nine days before the May 2002 election, a tragedy that still moves people.
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