Wilders slams Dutch-Turkish celebrations

18th November 2011, Comments 1 comment

Anti-Islam Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders says next year’s celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Dutch-Turkish relations should be called off. His comments are to be published in the opinion section of Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant on Saturday.

He writes that Turkish President Abdullah Gül is not welcome on a state visit to the Netherlands. He says there’s nothing to celebrate.

Next year marks 400 years since the then Republic of the Netherlands set up its first diplomatic mission in Istanbul, at the time the capital of the Ottoman Empire. Major celebrations are planned to mark the anniversary.

© Radio Netherlands Worldwide

1 Comment To This Article

  • Francine posted:

    on 21st November 2011, 08:59:31 - Reply

    I hope the response to Wilders remarks are not a big howl of protest resonating across all of Europe, but it probably will be. My advice for anyone with a knee-jerk reaction to Wilders' stance against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan , Tiurkish , and other Islamic manipulating wolves in sheep's clothing is : SUPPORT HIM --he is right . Holland should not be feasting and festing with Islamist "Infidel " haters. Those people are more radical than you realize.

    This is an example of Wilders common sense--and how he gets blamed for having it .