Women in Islam film man 'murdered'
Tuesday, November 2, 2004 Posted: 1108 GMT (1908 HKT)
Van Gogh: Death threats
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (Reuters) - A controversial Dutch filmmaker and newspaper columnist Theo van Gogh, who made a film about violence against women in Islamic societies, has been murdered in Amsterdam, police said.
Amsterdam police said Van Gogh had been stabbed and shot in the centre of the city Tuesday. Van Gogh's short feature film "Submission" angered some Dutch Muslims for its portrayal of a Muslim woman who is abused by her husband.
Police said they arrested a man at the scene after an exchange of gunfire in which the suspect wounded a police officer. The suspect was wounded in his leg. Some Dutch media said Van Gogh had been planning to make a film about anti-immigration populist Pim Fortuyn, who was gunned down by an animal rights activist in May 2002, days before his grass-roots party stormed to second place in a general election.
Van Gogh received death threats after "Submission" was broadcast earlier this year. He made the film with Dutch politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who won Dutch citizenship after fleeing an arranged marriage 12 years ago. She has been under police protection after receiving death threats.
911 days after the murder on Pim Fortuyn (look HERE (external - login to view)), famous Dutchman Theo van Gogh - descendant of the famous Vincent van Gogh - has been shot dead in Amsterdam. This is a real shock to me. Although I didn't agree with his ideas, he did make some beautiful movies, and now he has been shot dead just for having a clear opinion. What I do fear now are racial riots, because it seems the perpetrator is a Moroccan Dutchman. Lets hope these riots will not occur.