De Schreeuw

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De Schreeuw in 2012

Coordinates: 52°21′34″N 4°55′20″E / 52.35944°N 4.92222°E / 52.35944; 4.92222 De Schreeuw (The Cry) is a memorial sculpture that remembers the assassinated Dutch filmmaker/regisseur Theo van Gogh.

Theo van Gogh was assassinated on 2 November 2004 in the Linnaeusstraat in Amsterdam, just a few steps away from the Oosterpark. The assassin was the Muslim Mohammed Bouyeri.

The Cry, translation of De Schreeuw, is "a powerful symbol of the freedom of speech", an official of the Amsterdam administration Martin Verbeet said. The artwork is located at the edge of the Oosterpark, so it can be seen by many people; "Theo literally cries to the people through this artwork."

The artwork, made by artist Jeroen Henneman, is allegedly supposed to symbolizes freedom of speech, and how Theo Van Gogh was made speechless. One side of the 4.5 meter high and stainless steel sculpture shows a profile of Theo van Gogh, crying with his mouth wide open. The other side shows him with his mouth closed.

It was unveiled in the Oosterpark in Amsterdam on Sunday 18 March 2007. Accompanied by friends, relatives and others, the mayor of Amsterdam Job Cohen spoke some words of remembrance at the site.

During the revelation there were songs (chansons) written by Van Gogh. Cabaretier Hans Teeuwen, a good friend of the filmmaker, concluded the gathering with a protest song supposedly for the free word and freedom of speech.

The artist who made the monument hopes that it makes the people remember the moment of the assassination. "For Theo van Gogh, who cries for mercy."


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