18 July 2011
Farid Azarkan, head of the Moroccan-Dutch Association SMN has commented that PVV parliamentarian Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam statements contribute to graffiti and threats against mosques, AD reports. Azarkan claims that people ‘feel strengthened’ by the anti-Islam political message, which “manifests itself in calling on the streets to tag mosques with the exact slogans that come out of Wilders’ mouth”.
16 July 2011
Following a description of Muslim women who wear burqa as ‘scum’ in an online clip, Dutch Parliamentary Aide Sam van Rooy of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has been suspended. The footage has since been removed from YouTube, and a PVV spokeswoman noted that the clip “goes much to far”.
30 June 2011
Radio Netherlands Worldwide provides a feature commentary on proposals by the leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), Geert Wilders, to cut immigration by 30% over the next four years. The article considers whether the country is leading the way as pioneer in restrictive immigration laws as a part of the European vanguard, or whether, as EU Commissioner Malmstrom suggests, it is a ‘lone wolf’ choosing a populist policy at the expense of EU norms.
30 June 2011
The Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) has requested that grandchildren of immigrants to the country remain classified as ‘immigrants’ for the purposes of tracking the progress of their integration. PVV representative Joram van Klaveran made the request of internal affairs minister Piet Hein Donner on the grounds that third generation immigrants cause specific problems in society. As Trouw reports, currently 80% of third generation immigrants are younger than ten.
23 June 2011
Geert Wilders, head of the anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) has been found not guilty of charges of inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims and non-western immigrants. The court ruled that Wilders’ statements and his 17 minute movie ‘Fitna’ were ‘on the edge’ but ultimately did not incite hatred. Wilders responded enthusiastically to the verdict. Initial coverage reports that reactions to the verdict are ‘primarily positive’.
25 May 2011
The trial for Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders on charges of inciting hatred and discrimination is concluding and media coverage tracks its closing stages. The public prosecution department called on Wednesday for the politician to be found not guilty on the basis that his remarks are directed against Islam and not individual Muslims. However the trial heard this week from a representative of ethnic minority organizations that Moroccan and other minority groups felt attacked by Wilders and noted a that the attitude towards these communities had ‘hardened’ due to Wilders’ statements.
Wilders’ lawyer is due to make his closing statements on Monday.
20 May 2011
During a parliamentary debate anti-Islam politician and leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) Geert Wilders accused the Labour party of filling the country with “Islamic voting fodder”. Socialist Party leader Emile Roemer left the chamber in protest of the offensive remarks. Prime Minister Rutte called the term ‘inappropriate’. Wilders made the remark during a discussion about the provision of financial aid to Greece.
May 6 2011
Anti-Islam party PVV has dropped its threatened bid to ban the construction of mosques in the province of Limburg. The party had made the ban the main campaign issue during lections for the provincial government, but will now focus on issues surrounding the provinces water boards and public transport. The new provincial executive has now been finalized, with the PVV providing two out of five board members.
March 24 2011
In an open letter to Dutch newspaper Volkskrant, Muslim members of the national Christian Democratic party say that they feel they are seen first as Muslims and only second as members of the CDA. The letter warns that Muslim members may leave the party, in which case its position in urban centers could weaken. Regarding their dissatisfaction with the party the letter notes the problem that “we are in alliance with a part that makes combating Islam a key issue”, a reference to Geert Wilders’ PVV.
March 10 2011
The Volkskrant reports that the Dutch coalition government will not allow opposition parliamentarians to see its calculations to halve the number of non-western immigrants to the country. The plans follow anti-Islam party PVV’s support for the current minority government, which was conditional upon halving non-western immigration to the country. Previous documents showed the cabinet planned to cut the figures by 15%, but the PVV maintains that civil service figures show a 50% cut is possible.