Monument to murdered Van Gogh unveiled

Several hundred people gathered in Amsterdam’s Oosterpark on Sunday for the unveiling of a 4.5-metre high stainless steel monument to the outspoken murdered film maker Theo van Gogh. Van Gogh was killed by a Muslim extremist close to the park in November 2004.

The Scream, by Jeroen Henneman, shows six profiles of Van Gogh gradually opening his mouth to scream and represents freedom of speech. ‘It is a powerful symbol for saying what you think,’ said Martin Verbeet, chairman of the Oost-Watergraafsmeer borough council. ‘It should be here long after we are gone.’
Van Gogh’s sisters Jantine and Josein unveiled the monument in the presence of their father.
Mohammed Bouyeri shot Van Gogh in 2004 on an Amsterdam street, slit his throat and used a knife to pin a letter threatening MP Ayaan Hirsi Ali to his chest. Van Gogh and the anti-Islam campaigner made the 10-minute film Submission featuring semi-naked women with verses from the Koran written on their flesh.

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