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(en) Holland, Leiden, funny story - dutch referendum and eurodusnie*

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 15 Apr 2005 14:24:14 +0200 (CEST)

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AMSTERDAM — There was an angry reaction in political circles on Friday to the
news that Leiden-based collective Eurodusnie has been granted a EUR 40,000
subsidy to campaign for a no vote in the Dutch referendum on the EU constitution.
Hans van Baalen, an MP for the Liberty Party (VVD), said on Friday that the
Referendum Commission had made a "big mistake" by granting a subsidy to this
group. He has called on the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of European
Affairs to explain the decision.
"The commission must re-do its work because it only examined the project
aims and not at the people behind [the group]," Van Baalen said.
"We don't give subsidies to the Hells Angels or [right-wing] Lonsdale youth
for a clubhouse," he said. He called for the Referendum Commission to get
information about the group from Leiden City Council and the state security
service AIVD before reconsidering the subsidy request.

The subsidy application was submitted by EuroDusnie on behalf of anarchist
group Vrijplaats Koppenhinksteeg, which plans to use the money for a
festival of "debate and music" in Leiden in May.

Two members of the EuroDusnie anti-capitalist collective were involved in an
incident on 14 March 2002 when pies were thrown at populist politician Pim
Fortuyn. The cream pies were allegedly laced with urine.

Fortuyn was shot dead in Hilversum on 6 May 2002, nine days before the
general election. Although some of his supporters suggested the two
incidents were linked, no evidence of this was ever found.

The activist group was linked to pie-throwing attacks on former EU
commissioner Frits Bolkestein and the Dutch Finance Minister Gerrit Zalm in

Fortuyn's LPF party has also reacted angrily to EuroDusnie's subsidy. LPF
leader Gerard Van As said the world appeared to be turned on its head as
"bad behaviour was once again being rewarded".

He said it was "doubly-painful" because the group was linked to those
responsible for the pie attack on Fortuyn, while the LPF was not getting any
funding for its campaign against the EU Constitution
* [Ed. Note: EuroDusnie @ Vrijplaats Koppenhinksteeg
an a narchist collective. Was a convenor of the European PGA,
and hosted its second conference in Leiden 2002.]

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