The chief of the far-right Discussion board for Democracy (FvD) occasion within the Netherlands was assaulted throughout a marketing campaign occasion on Monday, two days forward of the nationwide elections.
The incident unfolded in a bar the place the politician, Thierry Baudet, was campaigning. Baudet was struck behind the pinnacle and on his temple with a beer bottle. Video capturing the second and subsequent arrest of a suspect exterior the institution have circulated extensively on social media. The motive behind the assault stays unclear.
Following the assault, Baudet was transported to a hospital in Groningen for therapy. FvD stated on X, “it appears to be like like every little thing will all be alright”. Simply final month, Baudet had additionally been struck on the pinnacle with an umbrella at an occasion within the Belgian metropolis of Ghent.
A number of Dutch politicians condemned the assaults. Outgoing Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who isn’t operating within the upcoming election, labelled the assault as “completely unacceptable” in a agency message on social media. Rutte emphasised, “Don’t contact politicians.”
The Discussion board for Democracy occasion, identified for its Eurosceptic stance, Dutch nationalist ideology and anti-immigration insurance policies is forecasted to safe three to 5 seats within the 150-member Dutch parliament. Within the final 20 years, far-right events, such because the Freedom Get together (PVV), have been gaining traction within the Netherlands. In keeping with preliminary exit polls, the PVV acquired essentially the most votes in Wednesday’s elections.