Mar 22 2014
Polls suggest it will become the largest Dutch party in the European assembly in elections in May.
One pansy-assed Freedom Party parliamentarian resigned from the party after an uproar over the way Wilders led supporters in anti-Moroccan Muslims chants during an election night celebration party.
BBC A group representing Moroccans living in the Netherlands says it will file a complaint of discrimination against the populist politician, Geert Wilders. At a local election rally in The Hague on Wednesday night, Mr Wilders asked supporters of his Freedom Party if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans there. When they chanted “fewer” in response, Mr Wilders said: “We’ll organize that.”
The Dutch Moroccan Alliance (SMN) said he had crossed a legal boundary by targeting a specific group of people. They accuse the outspoken politician of alluding to a promise of action that, taken to its literal conclusion, could resemble ethnic cleansing.
This is not the first time the controversial politician has targeted the Netherlands’ significant Moroccan population. In the past he has referred to a specific “Moroccan problem”, blaming young Moroccan men for an increase in crime and anti-social behavior. Following Wednesday’s rally, Mr Wilders said he had been “only referring to Moroccan criminals.” (A significant number of them)
A representative from the Freedom Party (PVV), who wished to remain anonymous, told the BBC: “Immigration is a problem, criminals should have their passports withdrawn and no new Moroccans should be allowed into the country.”
Mr Wilders’ comments came as exit polls from local elections in The Hague revealed that the anti-Islam, anti-immigration PVV was running neck-and-neck with the liberal-leaning D66 party. The enthusiastic response to his anti-Moroccan rhetoric, will galvanise Mr Wilders ahead of the European Parliament elections in May. He has consistently campaigned on an anti-EU ticket, blaming “the monster in Brussels” for stealing Dutch politicians’ ability to make decisions about how the country should be run.
The PVV is the fourth largest party in the Dutch parliament but leads most national opinion polls. Mr Wilders’ popularity has rocketed over the last 10 years, after the murder of anti-Islam politician Pim Fortuyn spurred a surge of anti-immigrant sentiment in a country once famous for its liberal and tolerant attitudes.
The fall of the Dutch cabinet and the upcoming campaign for parliamentary elections overshadowed Wednesday’s municipal elections in the Netherlands. The actual results for the nearly 400 municipal councils hardly seemed to matter. All interest was focused on the implications for the upcoming parliamentary race. And even though it only took part in two municipalities it was clear the day’s big winner was the right-wing populist party of Geert Wilders.