Thursday, 30 April 2009
Queen's Birthday, 30th April 2009
What started as a beautiful, sunny, very festive day, perfect for this national celebration ended in a horrible tragedy in Apeldoorn, where the queen and all her relatives were celebrating. From early in the morning until 11:50 AM it was a very great day and all the people in the streets were happy and enthusiastic, cheering and singing. Then it was abruptly broken off. The whole country is shocked. Flags are flying at half-mast. Will this be the end of this national holiday in future?
This has never happened before...This has always been a very beautiful occasion, creating a sense of unity,fellowship.
Four people are reported to have been killed and thirteen hurt in The Netherlands after a car careered into spectators watching a royal motorcade.
People were flung through the air after the car swerved across police railings
A photographer said the small car appeared to be deliberately driving at high speed toward an open-top bus carrying Queen Beatrix and her family in the western Dutch town of Apeldoorn.
Cynthia Boll said she saw about 20 people "flying through the air" after the black Suzuki car swerved across police railings, where crowds of people were waiting to see the queen pass.
The car slammed into a monument. Video footage showed police removing a man from the vehicle and putting him into an ambulance. He is a thirty-eight year old man and confessed that he did this action on purpose. At this moment he is being operated on and can not be interrogated by the police. It's not a terrorist action.