Activist gunned down

Searchlight - January 2006 Short news

Louis Sévèke, 41, a researcher on policing methods and an incisive observer and investigator of the activities of the secret services in the Netherlands, was shot dead on 15 November in his hometown of Nijmegen. Police are now looking for a dark red Opel Vectra car and they have also issued a photofit picture. The gunman is believed to be a white male aged between 30 and 40 and 1.80 m. -1.90m tall.

Sévèke warned, directly after the murder of right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn in 2002, that there are armed secret service infiltrators in certain movements and later claimed that a radical Islamist from a terrorist cell was run and provided with arms by the secret service, the AIVD. His activity just before his death focused on police violence, abuses of power and corruption. It is is not clear who murdered Sévèke but the anti-fascist movement in the Netherlands, will miss him very much, critical and sharp though he was about its politics.

Meanwhile, the Czech police arrested Tim Mudde, the frontman of the nazi rock band Brigade M, and one of his companions, on 15 November, on their way to a concert in the east of the Czech Republic. Mudde was in possession of nazi pamphlets, CDs, badges and T-shirts. The concert, later attended by 140 boneheads, was stopped by the police after several bands sang racist lyrics. The two Dutchmen, now released and back in the Netherlands, may face charges for inciting racial hatred and promoting a racist ideology and could face up to three years in prison. Brigade M will play its "farewell" concert at 30 December, "somewhere in The Netherlands".

Finally, a court in The Hague has decided that a right-wing Calvinist political party, the Staatkundig Gereformeerde Partij, (SGP), will no longer be entitled to cash from the Dutch state. In mid-November, internal affairs minister Johan Remkes told parliament that the SGP's € 800,000 (£540,000) subsidy will be stopped as from 1 January 2006. The SGP, nevertheless, still continues to discriminate against women, ordering some local branches not to enter a pact with ChristenUnie, another conservative religious party, whose lead candidate is a women.

By Jeroen Bosch of Alert! and Antifa-Net in Utrecht