British MP stabbed: what we know about the death of 69-year-old MP David Amess

the essential British MP David Amess was stabbed to death on Friday. A 15 year old man, considered to be a suspect, was immediately arrested. “The first elements of the investigation revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism,” say the authorities.

The United Kingdom is in shock: this Friday 15 October, a British parliamentarian from 69 years old, David Amess was stabbed to death in a methodical church, while he was receiving citizens. La Dépêche du Midi takes stock of the facts.

What happened ?

Conservative MP David Amess was killed this Friday 15 October. The 69 -year-old MP, a member of Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party and ardent Brexiter, was repeatedly stabbed shortly after noon ( 11 H 00 GMT).

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The attack took place in the Methodist church where he received his constituents during a parliamentary call in Leigh-on-Sea, at about 25 km east of London. The MP succumbed to his injuries on the spot despite the rapid intervention of the emergency services and a knife was found, the Essex Police said.

Maybe do we qualify the facts as a terrorist act?

British police have called the MP’s murder terrorist. A 15 year old was immediately arrested on the spot on suspicion of murder. Several British media have reported that the man is a British national of Somali origin. “The first elements of the investigation revealed a potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism,” the metropolitan police said in a statement, on the night of Friday to Saturday, a few hours after the investigation was entrusted to the anti-terrorism department.

Who is the victim ?

David Amess had been a Member of Parliament for Southend West since 1983. He entered the British Parliament for the first time in 1983. Married, he was the father of five children. “Sir David”, as he was called, was a member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party, and a staunch supporter of Brexit. In particular, he made animal welfare his hobbyhorse: “He was highly regarded by MPs and staff, and during his nearly four decades here, he has built a reputation for kindness and generosity,” said asserted the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle.

What reactions?

The reactions of upset elected officials immediately poured in, in a country traumatized by the assassination in the middle of the street in 2016 of the Euro-philosopher Jo Cox by a sympathizer neo-Nazi, a week before the Brexit referendum. Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his “sadness” and “shock” in a brief televised intervention. It is “a tragic day for our democracy,” tweeted former Conservative Prime Minister Theresa May. The flags were half-masted in Parliament and Downing Street. A moving tribute was paid Friday evening to David Amess in a church in Leigh-on-Sea in the presence of a hundred people. Flowers were also placed near its parliamentary office. “He died doing what he loved: meeting his constituents,” said Pastor Jeff Woolnough, who led the liturgy. elected officials asking questions in the United Kingdom?

In a book published in November last year in which he evoked the murder of Jo Cox, which he considered inconceivable in the United Kingdom, David Amess had estimated that concerns about the safety of elected officials came “to spoil the British tradition” which wants “people to be able to meet their elected officials”. “An attack on elected officials is an attack on democracy,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken tweeted.

Interior Minister Priti Patel “called on all police forces to review security arrangements for MPs with immediate effect,” her spokesperson said. Priti Patel met with representatives of the police and security and intelligence agencies and also spoke with the Speaker of the House of Commons, Lindsay Hoyle. Police figures show an increase in acts of delinquency against parliamentarians. In 2019, Scotland Yard reported an increase of 126% between 2017 and 2018 and an increase of 90% within the first four months of 2019. Many elected officials had said that they had been the subject of death threats in the context of the bitter and endless debates around Brexit.

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