The leader of the list of the far-right populist party of the Netherlands “Forum for Democracy” (FVD) Thierry Bode was attacked on Monday – he was hit with a beer bottle in a cafe in the city of Groningen.
This is reported by “European Truth” with reference to the Dutch broadcaster NOS.
At the time of the attack, Bode was with other FVD parliamentary candidates in a pub in Groningen at a campaign event.
The attacker hit the pro-Russian politician on the back of the head, as well as in the area of the temple near the eye. Bode was admitted to one of Groningen’s hospitals. His bodyguard was also wounded in the face.
FvD leader Baudet op hoofd slagen in Gronings café pic.twitter.com/8kt35OzeMw
— Rechts Dagblad (@RechtsDagblad) November 20, 2023
According to NOS, the attacker was detained, his motives are being investigated.
The attack on Thierry Bode was condemned by leading Dutch politicians, as well as the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, who on Twitter (X) named incident “absolutely unacceptable”.
Almost a month ago, the leader of the “Forum for Democracy” was hit on the head with an umbrella during a visit to Ghent University. Bode suffered a mild concussion and suspended the election campaign for several days.
The far-right FVD, whose leader Thierry Bode is an outspoken Eurosceptic, is currently a small opposition party with five of the 150 seats in the lower house of the Dutch parliament and one of the 75 seats in the Senate.
Bode, as is known, was the initiator of the campaign against the association agreement between the EU and Ukraine and has connections with Russia.
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