Twice this week: Popular Dutch conservative politician Thierry Baudet’s home vandalised with paint, vomit and faeces
Thierry Baudet (34) is a Dutch politician who was the only one to successfully launch a new party on the right side of the political spectrum – The Forum for Democracy – by winning two parliamentary seats during the March 2017 elections. Since the election, Baudet’s party has grown to eight seats in the polls.
In the morning of 7 September, Baudet found out that a “mixture of vomit and faeces” had been stuffed through his mailbox and that his front door and porch were vandalised with paint. That same morning, the action was claimed by the self-proclaimed “Radical Anarchist Feminist Action Front“, whose logo was painted on Baudet’s front door.
In their justification, the group wrote:
“Baudet and consorts disguise their racism, sexism and nationalism in pseudo-intellectual pontification. In this way, they cloack their frustration over the fact that their centuries long position of power is increasingly fading because non-males and non-whites are becoming increasingly vocal.”
In the wake of this incident, Baudet elected to steer clear of the press and not make a fuzz.
A mere four days later, on 11 September, reports emerged that Baudet’s home had again been the victim of a similar attack. Media reported that:
“The front door of Member of Parliament Thierry Baudet’s home has been smeared, police confirm. The police are still investigating what kind of substance has been smeared on the door. De Telegraaf speaks of a stinking substance. A fluid has also supposedly been spread through the caveat underneath his door.”
Again, Baudet did not take to the press to capitalize on the events, but limited himself to bringing some flowers by his neighbours, to apologise for the disturbances of the peace.
In The Netherlands, meanwhile, the events strike a nerve and are seen as highly reminiscent of the period leading up to the country’s would-be Prime Ministers, Pim Fortuyn’s, assassination by a left-wing activist. He too was frequently demonised as a racist and has been attacked with pies filled with faeces and vomit int he period leading to his death.
For example, an anonymous person made the video below, to highlight the similarities and some people’s reluctance to condemn the incidents.
— De Telegraaf (@telegraaf) 11 september 2017