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Duyvendak pied

20 August 2008 - 'These things happen'. That was Wijnand Duyvendak's laconic response after he had been pied at the presentation of his book 'Climate activist in politics'. Just prior to the incident, pamphlets of the far-right organisation Voorpost had been tossed from a higher floor.

Duyvendak said he was going to wipe the pie off his face and returned to finish his speech. He said he was willing to enter a debate with anyone, including the person who had thrown the pie.

Initially, he seemed to be under the impression that the pie had been thrown by left-wing activists who are disappointed because he has renounced unlawful protest. When members of the public shouted that the pamphlets came from Voorpost, he repeated that he was willing to enter a debate with anyone.

The announcement of his book had caused a controversy over Duyvendak's illegal actions in the 1980s. Duyvendak had broken into government buildings in order to disclose secret plans to build nuclear plants and to incarcerate citizens in case of war.

He also published names and addresses of civil servants involved in the planning of nuclear plants. One of them recently said there had been an arson attempt at his house as a result, something Duyvendak said he was unaware of at the time and regretted.

Because of the controversy over his past, Duyvendak recently stepped down as GroenLinks MP.

Photo: pamphlets with the heading 'Terrorist' serve as diversion for the pie action


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