The chief of a far-right celebration within the Netherlands has been assaulted on the marketing campaign path for the second time, forward of Wednesday’s parliamentary election.
Thierry Baudet, the 40-year-old chief of the populist Discussion board for Democracy celebration (FVD), was struck on the top a number of occasions by an assailant wielding a beer bottle at a bar within the northern metropolis of Groningen within the Netherlands, in line with his celebration.
Baudet suffered head accidents and was taken to College Medical Heart Groningen for therapy, FVD mentioned in an announcement on X, with a safety guard additionally damage within the incident. Footage of the assault has circulated on social media. A police spokesperson mentioned one particular person had been arrested.
Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte referred to as the assault “completely unacceptable.”
“I’ve mentioned it earlier than and I’ll repeat it now firmly: Keep away from politicians. At all times,” Rutte wrote on X.
Freek Jansen, an FVD lawmaker who mentioned he was with Baudet and witnessed the assault, reported the assailant shouted that he was “executed with fascism,” and that Baudet was bleeding from the top afterward.
In October, Baudet was hit on the top with an umbrella earlier than a college occasion within the Belgian metropolis of Ghent, with the assailant allegedly shouting “no to fascism, no to Putinism.”
Baudet is a polarizing determine within the Netherlands resulting from his anti-immigration and pro-Moscow views. He has additionally spouted numerous conspiracy theories, together with that Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist George Soros manufactured COVID-19 and that the world is managed by “evil reptilians.”
His celebration is polling at 3 p.c forward of the knife-edge election, in line with POLITICO’s Ballot of Polls.
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