Helmin Wiels, Curacao Political Party Leader, shot dead
Helmin Wiels the leader of the largest political party on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao was shot dead on Sunday, May 5th, while drinking a beer on a beach.
Wiels, whose Pueblo Soberano party campaigns for independence from the Netherlands, was killed by two gunmen who fired five shots and sped off in a car, according to multiple witnesses.
The 54-year-old Weils died instantly, according to the Curacao Chronicle, which posted a picture of his body on the beach surrounded by drinks.
Helmin Wiels was known for his stand on the constitutional structure of the island. He was for independence. He was a social worker and was host of a radio show presenting different current issues of the island.
A motive for the killing remains unclear, but the Curacao government said Wiels had been threatened in the past and was under security protection, according to the Dutch Volkskrant newspaper.
Wiels, who had sent his bodyguard home, was enjoying a beer on the island’s Marie Pampoen beach, near the capital, Willemstad, when the two gunmen approached.
Prime Minister Daniel Hodge expressed his deep sadness for the situation and expressed that he condemns and repudiates this act. “The Government pleads for everybody to maintain calmness and demonstrates civism.”
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said the apparent assassination was a "cowardly deed."
"Curacao has lost a driven politician who fought for his ideals and loved his country," Rutte said, according to the BBC.
Helmin Wiels the leader of the largest political party on the Dutch Caribbean island of Curacao was shot dead on Sunday while drinking a beer on Marie Pampoen beach.