Volkert van der Graaf, vegan
Dutch daily "De
Telegraaf" published exerpts of a confidential police
investigation report (Dutch), in which clues are put together
adding up to a picture of Volkert van der Graaf's extra-legal
activities as an animal rights activist. The report is
remarkable because it is one of the very few police reports
into the activites of violent animal rights activists in The
Netherlands. This report was composed by the Investigative
Branch of the National Police (Nationale Recherche, Korps
Landelijke Politie Diensten).
Volkert is the assassin of Pim Fortuyn. He shot Fortuyn on
6 May 2002, at 18:00 hours in Hilversum, The Netherlands.
Not the first
There have been suspicions that it is not Volkert's first
Chris van der Werken, a civil servant responsible for
environmental policy in the North Veluwe, an agricultural
part of the country, where both Volkert and van der Werken
used to live and work. Volkert as an animal's rights and
environmental activist subsidized by quasi-governmental
organisations ("Postcodeloterij" and "Actie
Chris van der Werken was shot in the back when he was
taking a stroll in a forest in 1996.
Volkert and Chris van der Werken had a conflict about a
plan both their organisations were collaborating on. A plan
to reduce the ammonia emissions of pig breeders. This was in
1995 and 1996.
The animal rights network, an infrastructure of the
Volkert was working for the Environmental Offensive
Foundation or VMO ("Vereniging Milieu Offensief"), a
foundation he had started himself and of which he was an
administrator and paid employee. The organisation was funded
by subsidies, alotted by sympathetic politicians. The
organisation was a part of administrative bodies and councils
that deal with environmental policy. A lot of his work
consisted of lobbying provincial and municipal polities, in
addition to starting up environmental complaint procedures
against farmers who wanted to change or enlarge their
Those were his legal activities. Volkert was also a member
of a group called the "Furious Potatoes" (De Ziedende
Bintjes). This is a group that carries out illegal, violent
actions against fur breeders, companies that carry out animal
tests and firms that operate in a way that they consider
environmentally unsound. These groups are connected to the
extreme leftwing squatter movement. Their activities are
again often subsidised directly and indirectly by sympathetic
politicians. Politicians hinder and disband police units
investigating violent activities of animal rights and
environmental activists. The activists are known to terrorize
police investigators and their families. Biologist Margreet
Jonker, a researcher into cancer treatment using test
animals, was one of the few who dared to come forward to
testify about the violence and threats against her and her
family, by these governments sponsored left wing terrorists.
Dutch judges are full of sympathy towards the terrorists and
let them off with minumum sentences.
The Dutch animal rights and environmental activists have a
working co-operation with like minded extremist British
organisations as SHAC (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty), a
violent British organisation.
Support in high
One of the most shocking attacks is the abduction of Ferry
de Vries, a fur trader. He was bound and gagged and beaten up
by 10 masked animal rights activists. Later during the court
case against the abductors the judge showed all kinds of
sympathy for the abductors who go off scot-free, no jail
time, just 200 hours of community service. A symbolic
punishment. The activists had ample opportunities to
propagandize during the court hearings and were even allowed
to show a propaganda film about fur breeding.
Volkert van der Graaf is an example of the way these
organisations operate. They create legal entities. They do
not fund raise or appeal for money from the public, but are
funded by chums in the governments, provincial and municipal
administrations and bureaucracies. Their activities are
encouraged by mainstream environmental organisations as
Lekker Dier and Greenpeace. They gather information (maps,
registers, notes of meetings) using their legal fronts and
use the information for attacks by the underground
organisations, such as SHAC and the "Furious Potatoes/De
In case of investigations by police they use their
contacts in the Leftist parties Greens, Socialist Party and
Labour to disband the Investigative Teams. In case of
prosecution due to theft, destruction of property and
accounting ledgers of firms the judges show their sympathy
and give the activists very light sentences.
Pim Fortuyn was about to
win in a landslide
The leftist establishment panics. Their organisations are
dependent on subsidies. Subsidies that Fortuyn says he will
A killer from the animal rights organisations network
kills Fortuyn. Co-incidentially there is a car nearby with
policemen with bulletproof vests and guns. They arrest
Volkert within 10 minutes.
But they do not go to his house, to search for clues and a
A politician of the Greens in a nearby town of Wageningen,
a hotbed of Green and animal rights activism, an acquaintance
of Volkert hears the news that Fortuyn has been assassinated.
His name is Jack Bogers and he is a Green Alderman. He makes
a phonecall minutes after the assassination to a friend of
Volkert, Sjoerd van der Wouw, working for the same
organisation as Volkert. Sjoerd van der Wouw enters the house
of Volkert and erases the hard disk of Volkert's computer.
Obviously Sjoerd and Jack suspect or know that Volkert is
the killer of Fortuyn. At the time the identity of the killer
is not known and there is widespread speculation that it is a
Only the next day the police search the house. They still
found some clues, amongst other things plans and blueprints
of buildings and premises of targeted firms.
It looks as if Volkert was a tool for other people who
knew what he was up to and what he was capable of and did not
want him stopped. Fortuyn was threatened and had asked the
Ministry of the Interior for protection against
assassination. This protection was denied by the Minister
himself, Labour politician Klaas de Vries. Fortuyn had also
said on TV that if he would be shot the blood would be on the
hands of the politicians denying him protection.
In conclusion: Klaas de Vries was in charge of the police,
which had the arrest team ready to apprehend Volkert as he
killed Fortuyn, but which did not search Volkert's house
until at least some of the evidence had dissappeared.
And Sjoerd and Jack, the Green aiders of Volkert were
On Tuesday, April 15, 2003, Van der Graaf was convicted
and sentenced to a paltry 18 years' imprisonment.
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