Moroccan teens ‘spit’ on Van Gogh portrait
4 November 2004
AMSTERDAM — Moroccan teenagers have allegedly spat on a large portrait of murdered Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh in Amsterdam, it was reported Thursday.
Shortly after Van Gogh’s murder on Tuesday, spray can and graffiti artist Donovan Spaanstra, 33, painted a portrait of the Dutch television celebrity and columnist on the façade of a building in the Warmoesstraat.
“For an artist, from an artist. Van Gogh has walked past here thousands of times,” Spaanstra told newspaper De Telegraaf.
Initially greeted by applause for painting the portrait, Spaanstra claimed some Moroccan teens then hassled him, screaming “Hamas, Hamas”. He claimed they even spat on the portrait and did not want to discuss the killing.
Van Gogh was shot and stabbed on Tuesday morning and police arrested a 26-year-old Dutch-Moroccan man in connection with the killing. Police are investigating his alleged links with Islamic fundamentalists.
Immigrant groups in the Netherlands — the Municipal Moroccan Council (SMR) and the Turkish Cultural Federation — have forthrightly condemned the assassination.
There was also applause, approval and expressions of sadness witnessed in Warmoesstraat in reaction to the Van Gogh portrait. A swathe of flowers has since been placed before the painting.
[Copyright Expatica News 2004]
Subject: Dutch news