Monday, 8 August 2016 - 10:19
Motorcycle gang leader, former Clinton bodyguard, entering politics
Henk Kuipers, No Surrender leader and former security guard for Andre Hazes and Bill Clinton, wants to be a politician. He established a party called Recthdoor (Straight Through in English) and plans to take part in the parliamentary elections in 2017, the motorcycle gang leader said in an interview with Dutch newspaper AD on Sunday. Kuipers established the party out of "dissatisfaction with the parties that are there now", he said to the newspaper. "We now have a kind of sham democracy in which politicians bounce the ball to each other. Someone has to open his mouth." According to him, his party goes above left- or right-wing politics. "We are 'straight through'. Left or right no longer exists. The PvdA also shifted to the right when they started ruling with the VVD. We are all being fooled." He added that "you can be for or against (Russian President Vladimir, ed) Putin, but at least with him you know where you stand." He added that Putin is not an example for him. "It's all botch. Sincerity no longer exists." Kuipers said that an entire population group was "demonized" by The Hague when they classified motorcycle clubs as gangs. "In all these years there were only three casualties around motorcycle clubs", he said. "But the club is completely separate from the party. In his spare time (Prime Minister Mark, ed) Rutte may also be a member of a golf or sailing club, that does not matter." Rechtdoor will hold its first meeting in September. Kuipers expects to be party leader. "It is time to sound the alarm, our country is derailing."