On September 8 police in The Hague found a doll depicting Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders hanging from a tree near the central station. The doll had a picture of Wilders affixed to it with a knife, and smeared with a substance intended to look like blood. Police arrested four individuals aged 18-19, students from the Hague art academy. Two of them have since been released, according to Trouw.
The first year student who made the doll explains that he wanted to respond to the position of Muslims. He feels they are “in a manner of speaking, being hung from the highest tree”, Telegraaf reports. According to the maker, the photo of Wilders has nothing to do with the politician as a person, but symbolizes the movement he stands for.