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‘RAF planned Leidseplein assassination’

22 June 2007 - In 1977, sharpshooters and special forces were deployed to prevent German Chancellor Willy Brandt's assassination by the Rote Armee Fraktion (RAF). He was attending a meeting at the Marriott Hotel presided by then PM Joop den Uyl, the Nova TV-programme reports.

It was known that the RAF has used the Netherlands to escape police surveillance in Germany, but secret documents reveal that they have been much more active here than previously assumed.

They had a hiding place at Baden Powellweg 217 in Amsterdam West. This house would have been used to coordinate the abduction of the chairman of the employers' organisation and former Nazi Hanns-Martin Schleyer.

During a Socialist summit at the Marriott hotel, five armed RAF members would have been present at the nearby Roemer Visscher Hotel. However, an attack was prevented.

While Germany responded to the RAF by curtailing civil rights, Den Uyl insisted that it is unacceptable to use the ‘methods of the police state’.

Source: Nova


BACKGROUND 23 June 2007 - In 2004, former Secret Service official Frits Hoekstra published a book entitled ‘In dienst van de BVD’, which includes a discussion of RAF activities in Amsterdam. He estimates that five to six RAF-terrorists were staying in the capital.

One of their objectives was to buy arms, in which they were assisted by the Dutch Red Youth. “In their code language, they spoke of ‘books’ when they meant pistols or revolvers. Because they were or pretended to be students, telephone conversations about supplying, distributing or loaning books were not out of the ordinary”.

According to Hoekstra, it was Dutch policy to keep terrorist plans secret as much as possible. “Secrecy ... undoubtedly contributed to a more balanced response to this phenomenon, not swayed by the political issues of the day”.

In the early 1970s, the RAF would have considered Amsterdam a safe place to rest. From 1975 this changed as a result of more effective Secret Service actions, according to Hoekstra.


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