Slain politician Fortuyn laid to rest
9 May 2002 , ROTTERDAM — After a funeral mass in the Rotterdam Cathedral, assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn was to be interred at 5pm on Friday.
9 May 2002
ROTTERDAM — After a funeral mass in the Rotterdam Cathedral, assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn was to be interred at 5pm on Friday.
Fortuyn will be interred in the family tomb at the Driehuis-Westerveld cemetery near IJmuiden, before his body will be re-interred six weeks later in Pordenone near his holiday house in Italy.
Friday's mass followed an 11.30am procession of Fortuyn's body through the city centre of Rotterdam.
Flags flew at half-mast and police said tens of thousands of people had gathered along the tour route to catch a last glimpse of Fortuyn's closed coffin.
The route started at the Erasmusbrug and saw Fortuyn's body pass along the Stokkenbrug, Coolsingel, Weena, Beukelsdijk, G. W. Burgerplein, Beukelsdijk, Heemraadssingel and Mathenesserlaan, where the funeral mass was held in the Laurentius and Elisabeth Cathedral.
Bishop Van Luyn, of Rotterdam, conducted the funeral mass, which focused on protesting against increasing violence in society. Pastor Berger, of the Arsparochie in The Hague, assisted in the mass. Berger was a good friend of Fortuyn.
Hundreds of friends, family members and political leaders, led by caretaker Prime Minister Wim Kok attended the invitation-only mass, which was also broadcast on national TV.
After the funeral had ended, about a thousand people were assembled outside the Laurentius and Elisabeth Cathedral chanting Fortuyn's name and singing You'll Never Walk Alone.
And after an initial minute's silence, the crowd applauded the murdered leader of the Lijst Pim Fortuyn.
Earlier media reports said some members of the crowd were carrying protest signs saying: "Kok culprit, Pim hero", while others said: "Melkert Murderer". Police officers were present, but the situation remained under control.
The funeral procession departed for the IJmuiden cemetery at about 2pm to loud applause from the crowd, with the closed coffin being transported in a white, US-made car. Several white limousines followed.
Fortuyn's Daimler was also being driven in the funeral procession — which included 11 cars — and was being used to transport his two dogs to the burial site.
Police also accompanied the funeral procession to the cemetery.
Subject: Dutch news