The family emphasizes in a press release that the silent journey is intended for friends and family of Bas. “To be able to share the grief about Bas’s passing. Anyone with a heart for Bas is welcome.”
No political character
Van Wijk’s death sparked outrage. With the hashtag ‘Justice for Bas’, twitterers are calling to demonstrate on the Dam in Amsterdam next Sunday. The family has explicitly indicated that the trip on Friday evening has no political character. “People who still want to make a statement can go to the demonstration on the Dam in Amsterdam on Sunday. The organizers of the silent tour are completely separate from the demonstration on the Dam.”
The silent march will take place tomorrow and will start at 7 pm at Pancratius football club in Badhoevedorp. During the trip, the corona measures apply. This means that participants must keep a distance of five feet. “We do not want to run the risk that the silent journey will cause additional spread of the virus. For that reason, it was decided, in consultation between the family, organization and the municipality of Haarlemmermeer, to only allow family and friends to walk in the silent journey.”
People are also asked to wear a mouth mask. “It is not mandatory. We understand that this is difficult if you want to share your grief, but the municipality of Haarlemmermeer and the Kennemerland Safety Region have pointed out to us that this is essential.”
24-year-old Bas van Wijk was shot dead at a recreational lake in Amsterdam last Saturday. Why he was shot is still unclear. The police take all kinds of scenarios into account.
According to the family, Van Wijk was shot when he wanted to prevent a watch from his friend from being stolen. “He wanted to prevent his friend’s watch from being stolen and was shot in the thigh and chest,” the family said earlier.
The police arrested five Amsterdammers yesterday for the fatal shooting. Two suspects (26 and 20) have been arrested in Zandvoort. The other three (18, 19 and 20) have been arrested at various locations in Amsterdam. One of them was released today because he is said to have no involvement. It has not been said who it concerns. The other four will hear tomorrow afternoon whether they should stay in prison longer.