Balkenende angry at protests against the Netherlands

12th March 2008, Comments 0 comments

Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is angry at anti-Netherlands protests in Afghanistan in response to the film awaited from Geert Wilders.

12 March 2008

HILVERSUM – Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende is angry at anti-Netherlands protests in Afghanistan in response to the film awaited from Geert Wilders. "This is not acceptable. I am extremely angry about it," Balkenende said on television programme Het Elfde Uur on Tuesday.

Afghan demonstrators called for "Death to the Netherlands" and demanded the withdrawal of Dutch troops in their country. Balkenende is annoyed because the Dutch mission is in fact focused on contributing to peace and safety. "So I reject what is happening there."

Balkenende discussed the matter with Afghan president Hamid Karzai during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland at the end of January. The prime minister stressed at the time that Wilders' film did not reflect the views of the Dutch government.

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