Memorial For Slain Director Theo Van Gogh Unveiled

USA Today, March 19, 2007

Friends and fans of the Dutch filmmaker found dead with a note pinned to his chest with a knife unveiled a memorial sculpture that depicts him screaming near the spot where he was murdered by an Islamic extremist.

Mayor Job Cohen and a Dutch comedian praised the controversial Theo Van Gogh and his work as the sculpture by Jeroen Henneman was revealed Sunday to hundreds of people gathered at a park in eastern Amsterdam.

Titled The Scream, the memorial took the form of a series of profiles of Van Gogh in stainless steel-coated ceramics, showing the filmmaker gradually opening his mouth into a scream.

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Mohammed Bouyeri repeatedly shot Van Gogh in 2004 on an Amsterdam street, slit his throat and thrust into his chest a letter threatening the life of Ayaan Hirsi Ali, an outspoken critic of radical Islam. The brutal murder sparked a backlash that included the torching of several mosques.

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The Scream.

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