March 19, 2014
Controversial politician Geert Wilders, leader of the PVV party, led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant prior to local elections. At a party meeting in the Hague, Wilders asked supporters whether they wanted “more or fewer” Moroccans in the Netherlands. The supporters responded “Fewer! Fewer!”, and Wilders answered “Good, we’re going to take care of that.”
The chant made national and international news, and has had ramifications for the party. In the media, RTL Nieuws made a remarkable move in publishing an editorial against the actions.
Some 200 individuals and bodies have officially requested prosecution for the statements, and the Public Prosecutor’s Office (OM) is said to be considering initiating proceedings.
Politicians in the country have distanced themselves from Wilders, and Premier Mark Rutte (VVD)stated, “As long as these are the views of the PVV, we will not work in partnership with this party.” Within the PVV, two politicians have left with immediate effect in the aftermath of the event, saying that they cannot defend Wilders’ statements.
Washington Post- http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/dutch-politician-wilders-leads-anti-moroccan-chant/2014/03/19/acff1522-afb9-11e3-b8b3-44b1d1cd4c1f_story.html