Petertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3309 posts, RR: 12 Posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2038 times:
At today´s Koninginnedag (queenday) parade in Apeldoorn a car drove into a crowd watching the queen and other members of the royal family drive by metres away.
The car drove at high speed through the barriers and the crowd injuring 23 (6 severe) and killing 2. The mayor of Apeldoorn, Fred de Graaf, was overheard by a local TV station saying that this must have been intentional and not an accident. The police are investigating.
According to eye witnesses police had fired shots at the car, and the driver was unconcious as he drove into the crowd. However, details are still very sketchy. An official press conference is expected in the next few minutes.
The queen was nearby the accident as it happened. She and the rest of the dignitaries are taken into safety at the nearby palace "Het Loo". The festivities in Apeldoorn have been cancelled. Festivities in the rest of the country continue as planned.
Sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1884 times:
I got a call from a friend in Amsterdam who told me about it. After that I walked home to check the news.
I live in Amstelveen, and in no time everybody knew it and that has been the subject for the rest of the day.
I just heard on the news that the one who did it is a father who is not allowed to meet his children as they live with their mother.
So the solution to that is naturally to cause a disaster which will for sure secure that he wont see his kids for many years to come!
StasisLAX From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 3280 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1687 times:
Associated Press is reporting:
"APELDOORN, Netherlands - A Dutch driver careened through police barriers and plowed into a crowd of merrymakers cheering their popular queen Thursday, in a premeditated assault on the royal family that killed five bystanders and injured 12 others, authorities said.
The speeding car, already dented apparently from catapulting bystanders into the air, passed within a few meters of the open-topped bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family down a parade route, then smashed into a stone monument.
"I think that it has become clear that this happened with premeditation," Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said.
Prosecutors said the driver, badly injured and still in his crumpled car, acknowledged targeting the queen and her family.
"The man said that his action was aimed at the royal family," said prosecutor Ludo Goossens."
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety!" B.Franklin
CrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1800 posts, RR: 42
Reply 9, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 1672 times:
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I was celebrating queens day at Amsterdam when it happened, the news spread like fire... IMO they should have that person look at the sun one more time, then lock him up for the rest of his life without ever seeing the sun again.
LTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12878 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 1625 times:
What a sad situation on what is supposed to be a celebration of the well loved Queen and family. I assume that the mental state of the attacker will be assessed, but no matter what that is, I hope he ends up in jail for the rest of his natural life. Still that is better than than those seriously injured and those killed and their families.
Yak42 From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 800 posts, RR: 6
Reply 14, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1391 times:
Quoting Sudden (Reply 13): That photo should be removed! It has no value to anyone.
It does to rubber neckers like me. No. Actually it brings it into focus a little more. Otherwise it would just be another headline that I wouldnt pay much attention to, like another car bombing in Baghdad. Imagine if we got live footage and pictures like this every time something happened in Iraq or Palestine etc. It would motivate alot of people to do more to stop it. Imagine the anger everywhere if we had live action pictures like this for everytime somebody got murdered in Gaza recently. Israelis wouldnt be able to go abroad for it.
Sudden From Sweden, joined Jul 2001, 4130 posts, RR: 6
Reply 16, posted (4 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
A lot of news crews were there due to the Royal family, so they feeded us with different camera angles from this tragic event.
I can not really see the point or need to see this as it's very graphic.
Quoting Yak42 (Reply 14): Imagine if we got live footage and pictures like this every time something happened in Iraq or Palestine etc. It would motivate alot of people to do more to stop it
Rather ignorant comparison to be honest. Not to say that the bombings are not horrific, but you can be very clear of the fact that you can not prevent or stop people from doing what they are doing.
Here in The Netherlands media have targeted the security surrounding the Royal family, and media is getting the same answer all the time "You can not take precautionary actions towards everything."
So I don't see how you think that this can be prevented in the future by showing live footage and images.