THE HAGUE–The man who attempted suicide by jumping off the public gallery in the Dutch Parliament’s Second Chamber on Wednesday has offered his apologies. He did it in an “act of love,” and not because he was depressed, he said to regional broadcaster Omroep Gelderland.
The man said he regretted his actions, especially since several Parliamentarians saw it happen. “Of course, it was something. I tried to shake them awake,” he told the broadcaster. “It suddenly occurred to me to do this. For two months I sent parliamentarians petitions and never heard anything, they all walked past me while I sat there. I did this in my right mind. It was an act of love for the earth and the people. I am not depressed.”
The 65-year-old man from Groenlo in the east of the Netherlands has been campaigning for the legalization of cannabis cultivation for some time. He spent many days in front of the Second Chamber building in The Hague to draw attention to his cause. His attempted suicide was intended to do the same.
The activist was taken to hospital after his failed suicide attempt. He is still there “because they are afraid that I can still get swelling to my head and neck,” he said to Omroep Gelderland.