Nijmegen pays respects to slain activist

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22 November 2005, AMSTERDAM — Mayor Guusje ter Horst and four members of Nijmegen's executive council were among the mourners who attended a service on Tuesday for left-wing activist Louis Sévèke who was shot dead in the city last week.

22 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Mayor Guusje ter Horst and four members of Nijmegen's executive council were among the mourners who attended a service on Tuesday for left-wing activist Louis Sévèke who was shot dead in the city last week.

An estimated 1,500 people attended the service at St. Stevens church in the city prior to a private burial. The members of the executive council attended in a personal capacity.

Family members and people involved in a number of causes, which Sévèke championed, addressed the public service.

Sévèke was described as 'combative, very well read, individual, very pleasant and honest'. An activist from Amsterdam said Sévèke was crucial to many national campaigns. "Many people in Amsterdam conceitedly think they are the key element, but the true heart of the activist world is in Nijmegen," the speaker said.

Meanwhile, the detectives investigating Sévèke's murder have confirmed they believe the "man with the sports bag" who ran off seconds are the activist was gunned down is the killer.

This conclusion is based on several witnesses who say the man walked away from Seveke's body after two shots were fired. Initially the suspect walked away, but gradually picked up the pace and ran.

No clear motive for the killing has been suggested.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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