Offensive e-mail causes Dutch political row

13th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

A row has broken out in Limburg in the south of the Netherlands, after the news leaked out that a Freedom Party PVV member of the local provincial government grossly insulted a Labour colleague.

In an e-mail, PVV member Cor Bosman called his provincial government colleague, Labour’s Selçuk Özturk, “a bit of sicked-up halal pork made from a Turkish pig”. The local branch of the PVV, Geert Wilders’ populist anti-Islam party, has called an emergency meeting to discuss the affair.

Mr Bosman sent the offending e-mail to 20 of his PVV party colleagues in July following an interview given by the Labour politician to a local paper. PVV member Harm Uringa found the e-mail so offensive that he later decided to leave the PVV and set up his own party.

Mr Uringa says he complained at the time to PVV leader Geert Wilders. He is reported to have promised to take action, after Mr Uringa threatened to vote for another party in the elections to the Upper House. Such a move could have led to the PVV winning fewer seats in the Upper House.

Mr Uringa also accuses local PVV chairwoman, Laurence Stassen, of failing to do anything about the affair. She is accused of voting for Mr Bosman in elections three months after the e-mail was sent. She disputes this reading of events and says:

Meanwhile, Mr Özturk says he’s “very upset” about the e-mail. “I think the best thing for me to do is to see with my party tomorrow what steps we should take. At the moment, my response would be too emotional.”


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