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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old April 30th, 2009, 19:56 Thread Starter
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Queensday 2009, a day of mourning







Queen Beatrix adresses the nation:



Unbelievable. I was watching the parade on tv and I saw it happening. My jaw dropped to the floor. As of right now, 5 people are dead, 2 males, 2 females and an as of yet undisclosed person. 6 Males, 4 females and 3 kids aged 16, 15 and 9 years old are severely injured. The suspect, 38 year old Karst T. from Huissen is severely injured as well and some reports say he's already brain dead. Apparently this was a deliberate attempt to attack the royal family.

Deepest sympathies go out to the families involved in this drama

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old April 30th, 2009, 20:06
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RIP and condolence to their familys.

Unbelievable how 1 stupid maniac ruined a day like this.
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Yeah. What a strange day it's been. The whole Queensday vibe was gone, everything was a lot more silent.
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Happy brain damage to him, I just wish he wouldn't have hurt or killed anyone else in the process.
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Man, I used to work in Apeldoorn, I remember the street like it was yesterday. This is shocking news, why would anyone do something horrible like this. It's really mind boggling

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Yeah everybody was talking about it all day long, this really shocked the entire nation. We've been hit in the heart really. Queensday is a day of festivities, happy drunk people everywhere and a celebration of freedom really. Man what a blow this is.
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The 5th person that died was a man.

The incident caused cities throughout the country to cancel all official festivities. The suspect faces a trial for an attempted murder of the Dutch royal family, minimum sentence apparently is 30 years.
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What happened exactly?

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In a nutshell:

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Today is Queens Day in Holland, a national holiday. But today it was the scene for an attack on the royal family. A driver crashed through a police blockade and drove through the crowd in an attempt to hit the bus with the royal family. And while none of the royals were hurt, the driver did kill 5 spectators and injure 15 others.

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That's horrible. Crazy people out there...

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post #12 of 32 (permalink) Old April 30th, 2009, 21:50
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This link contains a picture of the attacker in his car and the bus with the royal family in the background. It's a rather bloody picture though, so don't click on it if you're easily disturbed.

http://multimedia.ekstrabladet.dk/eb...NY_432540m.jpg

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Yeah I saw it already. Strange though, RTL 4 showed a pic with a different angle but blurred his face hide his identity. SBS showed it straight away.

I have a suspicion he didn't want to survive this, apparently he didn't wear seat belts and driving a car this old without air bags doesn't make sense if your planning to survive it.
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Indeed. And it had to have been thoroughly planned. The direction that the car was going in would have hit the bus straight in the side, just as it was turning. In an old model bus, that's where the fuel tanks are located. Also, initial reports said that eyewitnesses claimed they saw someone jump out of the car before it hit the column. Perhaps the driver had an accomplice?

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Nah I think he was the only one. He had a schedule of all the planned activities and he knew at what time the bus was supposed to be at the intersection, no accomplice needed. The guy people saw jump out of the car was probably one of the spectators that got hit by the car and was dragged along.
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Why was the roof of the car smashed in, what happened before ?

Honestly i find it annoying that all these horrible pictures and all the video footage is shown on every single TV channel day in day out.
Some other lunatic may be motivated by all the footage to do something similar.

RIP and condolence to the families of the victims.


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The roof was probably smashed in because he drove his car straight through a police blockade.
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One pregnant woman died on the scene, that actually brought tears to my eyes...

What a lunatic.

I hung the flag at half mast when I heard. But, next year, I say we go out and celebrate Queen's Day like we always have. We can't let maniacs rob us of our traditions!
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One of the women was pregnant? Oh my god. I'm lost for words right now. How about a death penalty now mr. politician?

Agree about next year's celebration, I really hope we can keep the spirit of Queensday the way it was and we also need to show we won't back down for idiots.
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Sick. I only saw the shocking footage for the first time this mourning.

The driver has died now too. So (self chosen) death is the only penalty he will get and we'll never know why he did it.

RIP and condolence to the families of those innocent victims.
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