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BBC: Killed director van Gogh honoured

By Indiewire | Indiewire November 3, 2005 at 10:05AM

The first anniversary of the murder of Dutch director Theo van Gogh has been marked by politicians, relatives and religious leaders in the Netherlands. The late director, 47, a strong critic of radical Islam, was shot and stabbed while cycling through Amsterdam. In July 27-year-old radical Islamist Mohammed Bouyeri was sentenced to life in prison for van Gogh's murder. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende addressed an audience of hundreds on the pavement where van Gogh was killed. "The murder impinges on everything that is dear to us in the Netherlands," Mr. Balkenende said. "Violence is not the way." BBC reports.
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The first anniversary of the murder of Dutch director Theo van Gogh has been marked by politicians, relatives and religious leaders in the Netherlands. The late director, 47, a strong critic of radical Islam, was shot and stabbed while cycling through Amsterdam. In July 27-year-old radical Islamist Mohammed Bouyeri was sentenced to life in prison for van Gogh's murder. Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende addressed an audience of hundreds on the pavement where van Gogh was killed. "The murder impinges on everything that is dear to us in the Netherlands," Mr. Balkenende said. "Violence is not the way." BBC reports.





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