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Racist tide in the Netherlands encounters opposition

11.1.16

Racist tide in the Netherlands encounters opposition: [libcom.org] -- The role of Geert Wilders and his Party of Freedom, the PVV, in encouraging this scapegoating of refugees, is absolutely central in what is going on here. This man started out as a right wing liberal, member of the VVD, the right wing liberal party, on and off in government. He split off from the VVD around the issue of allowing Turkey into the EC. Het was strongly opposed, on the grounds of his antipathy for everything Islamic. He built a strong following for himself, and later his PVV, around the issues of Muslim-bashing and by me4ans of feamongering against refugees. Exclusionary proposals, like the idea of a tax on people wearing headscarves and banning the building of mosques, accompanied his rise to fame and infamy. From 9 of the 150 seats in the main chamber of parliament in 2006 he rose to 24 seats in 2010. In that year, a right wing coalition government was formed by the VVD and the CDA Christian Democrats. Wilders' PVV officially tolerated this government, holding it almost to ransom as far as refugee policy was concerned. When thios government decided even stronger budget cuts. Wilders, fearful of losing support because of his accomodation to unpopular austericy policies, blew up the relationship. The government fell, as did Wilders' support, at least for a short period of time. He gained 15 seats in the elections of 2012.


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