Dutch sacked for writing arson joke on politician

18th August 2008, Comments 0 comments

The public transport users' association Rover has sacked its spokesman for writing the house of Green Left party leader Femke Halsema should be set on fire in a column.

18 August 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - The public transport users' association Rover has fired its spokesman, Riekus Spithorst.

Writing in a column on the website Fok.nl, he said the house of Green Left party leader Femke Halsema should be set on fire.

Rover says it does not want to be associated with remarks of this sort. Spithorst writes the column under a pseudonym and says the comments were intended as a satirical criticism of Halsema for describing former Green Left MP Wijnand Duyvendak as "honourable".

Duyvendak resigned last week after criticism concerning his radical activist past.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

If you would like to comment on this topic, you can do so below or in our discussion forums at: http://forum.expatica.com/Netherlands-f207.html. (Forums require a personal profile. Sign up here.) 

0 Comments To This Article