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Man ‘tries to hang himself’ by leaping from Dutch parliament gallery

  • The man was injured after falling several meters from the public gallery 
  • Video feed of the speakers’ podium showed the shocked reaction of lawmakers 
  • Photos on social media showed him receiving first aid on a lawmaker’s desk 

A 65-year-old man attempted to kill himself by leaping from the public gallery of the Dutch parliament in front of horrified politicians.

Police said the man, from Groenlo, was injured after jumping from the public gallery into the chamber of the House of Representatives at around 12pm on Thursday.  

In a statement, police confirmed agents from the Security and Security Department were on site and helped the man before he was taken to hospital.

A public video feed of the speakers’ podium showed the shocked reaction of lawmakers after the man jumped

His current condition is not known. 

A public video feed of the speakers’ podium showed the shocked reaction of lawmakers after a loud thump before the session was postponed.

Photos on social media showed the man receiving first aid on a lawmaker’s desk and later being carried out of parliament on a stretcher.

Eyewitnesses said the man had been pacing about in an agitated state before tying something to a railing and then jumping off, De Telegraaf newspaper reports.

Police said the man was injured after jumping from the public gallery into the chamber 

Police said the man was injured after jumping from the public gallery into the chamber 

A lawmaker was at the speaker's podium moments before the man attempted to kill himself by leaping from the public gallery of the Dutch parliament

A lawmaker was at the speaker’s podium moments before the man attempted to kill himself by leaping from the public gallery of the Dutch parliament

A parliamentary usher said the man had tried to hang himself, according to website Nu.nl.

‘The man had an object around his neck, which was tied to the stand,’ police said.

They said agents from the Department of Security and Security are present in the House of Representatives to maintain public order during the meetings.

 

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