Amsterdam District Council Subsidizes Inflammatory Campaign

March 10 2011

The Islamic leader of the district council of East Amsterdam is facing criticism for providing subsidies to a youth organization which posted inflammatory material during provincial elections. The ASRI campaign posters referred to the Second World War and called upon citizens to “vote or die”. The press release explicitly called upon Muslims to collect voting proxies from those who did not intend to cast ballots, in order to fight against the current “barbarous government”. The ASRI and district leader now face criticism from the conservative political party VVD. District leader Fatima Elatik stressed her distance from the campaign, which she found “not sensible”.