Terrorist Murders in Utrecht

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Just days after the atrocity in Christchurch we have another in Utrecht. When will these terrorist murderers understand that they cannot win?

I cried when I heard the news from New Zealand where a right wing fascist fanatic took the lives of 50 innocent people

But it seems so far removed from my world. When London was bombed by terrorists, I didn’t cancel my trips to the capital. I was determined that I wouldn’t show any fear as that is what terrorists want. They want us to be afraid and to cower behind our curtains while they achieve… What do they achieve? Nothing except despair and horror. They cannot win, the right wing lunatic or the religious zealot. They cannot win if we are unafraid.

When I heard the Utrecht news I had to get in touch with my son and his fiancée to see if they were okay. I knew they would be at work so just wanted to be reassured, but I wasn’t afraid. We will come to Utrecht in May for the wedding, happy to attend the beautiful city and will be unafraid.

But as Utrecht mourns the loss of life at the hands of this murderer, my thoughts are for the dead and their families. Their grief cannot be measured and we must stand by them. Utrecht does not deserve this horror. Its people do not deserve to face this threat of evil. The police know the perpetrator, a petty thief and suspected rapist. His actions mean nothing to the wider world, his view on life should not be tolerated. He has struck at innocent people and families. They deserve our sympathy and support. He deserves nothing. His god will not be welcoming him to paradise.

“An act of terror is an attack on our open and tolerant society,”

said Prime Minister Rutte.

“If it is an act of terror, there is only one answer: Our rule of law and democracy is stronger than violence.”

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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