Dutch leaders gathered in Amsterdam on Wednesday (02NOV05) to remember slain film-maker Theo Van Gogh, who was killed by a radical Islamist a year ago.

Van Gogh, the great-great-grandson of the brother of artist legend Vincent Van Gogh, was fatally stabbed and shot in Amsterdam last November (02NOV04).

Mohammed Bouyeri, 27, was sentenced to life imprisonment in July (05) after pleading guilty to the murder, saying he felt compelled to kill Van Gogh after he was angered by the director's unflattering portrayal of Islam in his August 2004 film SUBMISSION.

On Wednesday, Van Gogh's relatives and friends joined Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende and religious leaders to mark the one year anniversary of the director's death, on the same piece of pavement where he was killed.

Balkenende said, "The murder impinges on everything that is dear to us in the Netherlands. Violence is not the way."