Wilders: left sows hate and aggression
23 March 2007, AMSTERDAM – Freedom Party (PVV) leader and MP Geert Wilders thinks that his critics are creating the climate for a political assassination.
23 March 2007
AMSTERDAM – Freedom Party (PVV) leader and MP Geert Wilders thinks that his critics are creating the climate for a political assassination.
In an interview with the Nederlands Dagblad today he said that a climate of "hate and aggression" has been created in which someone might think that "illegal means are justified to stop me and my people."
Wilders' statements come in response to news of initiatives from his political opponents to try and stop him, including the website tegenhaatzaaien.nl launched by former Amsterdam PvdA alderman Michael van der Vlis this week.
Wilders says there is a conspiracy against him. Left-wing columnists like Marcel van Dam and Paul Scheffer dismiss him as "someone outside of the law, as the leader of a fascist party, that is anti-democratic and similar in some respects to the Nazi's," he said.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said on Friday during the weekly press conference after the cabinet meeting that "it would be better to leave out any talk of threats."
The prime minister added that one might ask one's self whether "comments from Mr Wilders have always contributed to a climate of respect." He referred to the comment from Wilders that the Netherlands is in danger of being swamped by a "tidal wave of Islamisation."
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news