On November 2nd, 2004, 13 years ago, Dutch movie maker Theo van Gogh was slaughtered by a Muslim named Mohammed Bouyeri. The slaughter took place within walking distance from a friend of ours home on the corner of the Linnaeusstraat and Tweede Oosterparkstraat in Amsterdam. According to Wikipedia:
The killer shot Van Gogh eight times with an HS2000 handgun. Bouyeri was also on a bicycle and fired several bullets, hitting Van Gogh and two bystanders. Wounded, Van Gogh ran to the other side of the road and fell to the ground on the cycle lane. According to eyewitnesses, Van Gogh’s last words were “Don’t do it, don’t do it” or “Have mercy, have mercy, don’t do it, don’t do it”. Bouyeri walked up to Van Gogh, who was on the ground, and calmly shot him several more times at close range.
Bouyeri cut Van Gogh’s throat with a large knife and tried to decapitate him, after which he stabbed the knife deep into Van Gogh’s chest, reaching his spinal cord. He attached a note to the body with a smaller knife. Van Gogh died on the spot. The two knives were left implanted. The note was addressed to and contained a death threat to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who went into hiding. It also threatened Western countries and Jews, and referred to ideologies of the Egyptian organization Takfir wal-Hijra.
The killer, Mohammed Bouyeri, a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan citizen, was apprehended by police after a chase, during which he was shot in the leg. Authorities have alleged that Bouyeri has terrorist ties with the Dutch Islamist Hofstad Network. He was charged with the attempted murder of several police officers and bystanders, illegal possession of a firearm, and conspiring to murder others, including Hirsi Ali. He was convicted at trial on 26 July 2005 and sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole.
The murder sparked a violent storm of outrage and grief throughout the Netherlands. Flowers, notes, drawings and other expressions of mourning were left at the scene of the murder.
Van Gogh became internationally famous, after he produced the movie “Submission” in cooperation with Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Islam in Arabic means submission. This movie dealt with inhumane treatment (submission) of women in Islam. It showed naked Muslim women with texts from the Quran projected on their bodies.
Here is the English version of the Theo van Gogh film “Submission”: