A 19-year-old man armed with a gun calmy entered a Dutch public broadcasting studio and demanded 10 minutes of uninterrupted, uncensored airtime Thursday night.
The teen, who claimed he was a hacker, had a note with him which read, in part:
When you read this, don’t panic. Don’t start yelling and don’t warn your colleagues. Act like nothing is happening. I am heavily armed. If you work with us nothing will happen to you. Be aware that I am not on my own. There are five more, plus 98 hackers that are ready for a cyberattack. On top of that, eight heavy explosives have been placed in this country. They contain radioactive material. If you don’t bring me to studio 8 to take over the broadcast we will be forced to go in action. You don’t want to have that on your conscience, do you? So take me to studio 8, the NOS studio.
The teen was given the airtime, which was not broadcasted, as police stormed the building and apprehended him, without further incident, less than 12 minutes after he had entered the building.
The man’s gun turned out to be fake, and the incident, which was filmed from multiple locations within the building, is still under investigation.
Authorities enter the studio at 4:20 in the top video. The bottom video was recorded by a reporter as the police prepared to make their move.