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Born: February 19, 1948, Driehuis, Netherlands
Died: May 6, 2002, Hilversum, Netherlands
Cause of death: Shot in Hilversum, North Holland by Volkert van der Graaf.
Notable because: Catholic gay politician with strong views on Islam became first Dutch modern age political assassination. Called Islam 'A backward culture' and advocated closing Dutch borders to Muslim immigrants.
Pim Fortuyn was a controversial, openly gay, charismatic politician in the Netherlands who formed his own party, Lijst Pim Fortuyn (List Pim Fortuyn or LPF). He was assassinated during the 2002 Dutch national election campaign by a militant animal rights activist Volkert van der Graaf, who claimed in court to murdering Fortuyn to stop him exploiting Muslims as "scapegoats" and targeting "the weak parts of society to score points" in seeking political power.
The official spelling of his family name is "Fortuijn"; later in life he used the spelling "Fortuyn".
Fortuyn was the centre of several controversies for his views positions about immigrants and Islam. He called Islam "a backward culture" and said that if it were legally possible he would close the borders for Muslim immigrants. He was labelled a far-right populist by his opponents and in the media, but he fiercely rejected this label and explicitly distanced himself from far-right politicians such as the Belgian Filip Dewinter, the Austrian Jörg Haider or Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Pen whenever compared to them. While Fortuyn compared his own politics to centre-right politicians such as Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, he also admired former Dutch Prime Minister Joop den Uyl, a socialist.
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