A Dutch filmmaker, whose most recent work outraged Muslims, has been killed in broad daylight in Amsterdam. The Netherlands is in shock at the brutal killing of Theo van Gogh, who was attacked near a park while cycling. A 26-year-old suspect with dual Dutch and Moroccan citizenship is in custody.
Denounced as an attack on free speech, van Gogh’s assassination prompted a reaction from the Dutch prime-minister. “Freedom of opinion, as stated in the constitution, is crucial for everyone,” said Jan Peter Balkenende. “Justice will triumph,” he added. A note is said to have been left at the crime scene, on the body of the murdered 47-year-old, who was a distant relative of the 19th century Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. After an exchange of gunfire, police arrested a man at the scene. Theo van Gogh’s most recent film was about a Muslim woman who was abused after being forced into an arranged marriage. Ironically, he had also been working on a movie about the killing of another headline-grabbing Dutch figure – the anti-immigration, populist politician Pim Fortuyn.