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Wilders targets Amsterdam

16 March 2007 - Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) is concerned about Amsterdam, an analysis questions asked in Parliament reveals. For example, the party recently raised the alarm over demonisation at the University of Amsterdam (UvA) and party political motives in a project in Noord.

Since the national election of November last year, the PVV has asked 25 questions on local incidents. Over half these questions refer to Amsterdam.

Yesterday, the PVV asked questions about the UvA facilitating a ‘stigmatising and demonising’ meeting under the heading ‘What is the answer to Geert Wilders’. Wilders would be branded as a racist.

Organiser Miryam Aouragh of Together Against Racism responded laconically in today’s Parool: “Is it not simply racist what he says? Did we not use to call this discrimination? The answer is yes as far as I am concerned, but this is something we need to discuss”.

Earlier this month, the PVV asked questions about a project in Amsterdam targeting disaffected native residents. The party suspects that the choice of Noord is not a coincidence. The project would aim to make PVV-voters, who are relatively well represented in this district, ‘change their mind’.

A spokesperson of the project denied in het Parool that this was the objective of the project.

Other issues that the PVV is concerned about include a trip to Morocco for problem youth from Slotervaart, criminality among Moroccan youth in West, social assistance fraud among ‘sex refugees’ having undergone a subsidised sex change, and developments regarding the Westermoskee mosque.

The party also asked questions about threats against a cabaret artist made by a visitor of the As-Soenna mosque, the costs of language courses for immigrants, drugs trafficking from Morocco through Schiphol Airport, halal meals at the Red Cross Christmas Dinner in the Diamant neighbourhood, achievements of Islamic schools and subsidies for an Islamic debate centre.

At last November’s national elections, the PVV received 17,456 votes in Amsterdam. This represented 4.5% of the vote, as compared to 5.9% nationally. The party is strongest in Noord and in Nieuw-West.

Photo: Wikipedia / PVV Party Bureau. Graph: News from Amsterdam / O+S


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