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Dibi angry with immigrants

10 April 2007 - GroenLinks is disappointed that so few immigrants voted for the party. Particularly painful is the fact that the SP - ‘which does not specifically advertise multiculturalism’ - received as many votes from immigrants last year as GroenLinks.

The SP targets ‘nationalist’ voters and the PvdA is still obsessed with the dramatic loss it suffered from the confrontation with right-wing populist Pim Fortuyn in 2002, said Amsterdam MP Tofik Dibi (photo) in the GroenLinks members’ magazine. “I am angry with the immigrants, who completely fail to see that”.

At least he sees the logic of a Turkish business man voting VVD. “But most of them just follow the ones with the largest mouth”. Dibi finds that immigrants should be more responsive to GroenLinks’ more subtle approach.

The party itself is also criticised. “We have all but become a party of intellectual fifty-somethings who appreciate a good glass of wine”, said Firoez Azarhoosh, former chairman of the National Minority Council.

“Today, we only appeal to people who are similar to us, not the low-educated Turk with children and a shop in Amsterdam Oost”.

This criticism is in line with a debate initiated earlier by critical party members. They find that the party is too intellectual and should become more activist.


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