More on Pim Fortuyn

When something as shocking as this happens, it always takes some time for people to adjust, to absorb what happened and to react to it. Today was a day of reaction. Lots of coverage on tv, in the newspapers, weblogs and Usenet of course. Out from all the noise and chaos a few patterns emerge.

Holland is afraid, is angry. Again and again I saw people saying on tv or in newspaper reports:

Pim Fortuyn was killed for his beliefs … If Pim couldn’t say what he wanted, what chance do we have? … He said the things we couldn’t say and now they killed them. It’s the media’s fault for demonizing him … It’s the politicians’ fault for attacking him …. It’s you lefties who killed him.

It’s scarey and frightening to hear so many people voice this — there were already riots near Parliament in Den Haag last night, just after his death. Today things have fortunately calmed down. There are long rows for the condeolance registrers at City Hall in Rotterdam, as well as people laying flowers at the murder site and his house.

And it’s not just been Fortuyn voters. It seems about fifty percent of people interviewed did not agree with his views, did not plan to vote for him, did not even like him.

One woman, asked for why she was going to put flowers in front of his house:

Ik zou nooit op hem hebben gestemd. Maar er is iemand op grond van zijn denkbeelden neergeknald. Dáár protesteer ik tegen.
I would never have voted for him. But somebody was blown away because of his beliefs. That’s what I protest against. [1]

It’s still not known whether or not she’s right on this, but it’s far the most likely motive. And I agree with her. Pim Fortuyn did not deserve to die because of his political beliefs, no matter how repulsive I find them. He should’ve been dealt with via normal democratic channels, by engaging him on issues, by showing his supporters how he’s wrong.

[1] Nrc Handelsblad “Pim Fortuyn zei wat wij denken”

Pim Fortuyn killed

Rightwing politician Pim Fortuyn, who was on course to win the general elections on May the 15th has just been shot and killed. It’s not clear who killed him or why he actually was killed, though a lot of people here are speculating about whether or not it was politically motivated. I hope it wasn’t, because that would irrevocably change our democracy for the worse.

He was a dangerous, spiteful man but he didn’t deserve to be murdered. It’s not a good day for a democracy when dangerous people cannot be stopped by democratic means.

The big question is, what now? What does this mean for our democracy, for our way of life?

The BBC has a short article up on their website.

Club of 10 million

So I just read in the Metro (a free newsrag) about the socalled “Club of 10 million“, a group of concerned citizens convinced that the netherlands are overpopulated and hence urgent measures are called for. They call themselves the “club of ten million”, which neatly shows how many people they think are too much here (some six million). The reasoning behind this is that with fewer people sharing our resources, the better the quality of life for the survivors will be…

They plan to, like certain politicians I could name, restrict the amount of asylum seekers settling here as well as stop us fucking so much -or at least, fucking to get children. No idea how they want to do that exactly, though apparantely they plan on starting information campaigns and there was some ominous mumbling in the piece about having to enforce procreation restrictions at some point.

I wonder how many club members have given the right example and sterilised themselves. Anybody who believes in their ideals should at least make sure he or she doesn’t procreate anymore, eh?

As for me, I’d think there are better ways to solve the problems we have in this country then by condemning 6 million people to death. Not to mention that the Dutch population is due for a drop anyway and the only reason it still keeps growing slowly is because of our migrant populations of Turks, Morrocans and others, who still believe in large families.

But that couldn’t be what the club is afraid of, surely?