[ View the story "Rising against the right in the Netherlands" on Storify] Rising against the right in the Netherlands Have Dutch-Moroccans handed the far-right its most serious crisis yet?
The Stream· Tue, Mar 25 2014 09:24:53
While speaking at an election rally in The Hague last Wednesday, Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), made a controversial
remark about Dutch-Moroccans. Wilders, who is known for his anti-immigration rhetoric, asked his supporters if they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans”. When they chanted “fewer”, he responded by saying that he would “arrange for that”.
Here’s a video:
PVV Geert Wilders scanderen minder Marokkanen - English subsMinettifun
Wilders’ comments sparked
outrage online. A Facebook group called "I'm filing a complaint against Wilders" was created, and it's received numerous comments and over 97,000 likes so far.
it's not about religion but respect for humans. For an open society and against a politician that promotes hate for his own sake.Björn Wagner
On Twitter, Dutch-Moroccans began an online selfie
with the hashtag
where young men and women posed with their passports to emphasize their ties to Netherlands.
#BornHere #NurturedHere #EducatedHere #LiveHerenargle nadia
Tja ik ben ook #BornHere and quite ashamed of it at the moment.EINSTEINBARBIE
Ashamed of @geertwilderspvv in the country I adopted and adopted me. #BorninIreland #BornHereEmerBeamer
The Stream covered the campaign in an earlier story:
Dutch Moroccans be like #BornHerePolitician in the Netherlands sparks online outcry after controversial remarks about immigrants.
Proud of DUTCH ppl for starting this. Wilders is the 1 who doesn't belong here. 'Dutch Moroccans be like #BornHere'
Prior to making these comments, Wilders’ far-right PVV party was running in
close competition with its rival, the liberal Democrats 66, in national polls.
But with mass
leading to several high profile
from party members, many are questioning Wilders' influence on Dutch politics:
@AJStream @DeemaAlpha after his speech of last week, where he called for less morrocan, lots of voters turned his back towards him.Martijn
@u_hani_taha @AJStream Well, there are predictions of him losing at the European elections. But the turnout is always very low here....Mustafa Marghadi
#BornHere d huge backlash sounds d death knell of d islamophobist&nazist propagandist as his rating has dropped in opinion polls#ajstreamalhaji hamidu chodi
@AJStream the party is leadind because the people of Netherlands are confused, multi cultural and diversified society is a sense of strengthAbdulbaqi
local media and religious groups have also filed discrimination complaints against Wilders. Some compared his comments to those of Adolf Hitler when he called for the expulsion of the Jews from Germany.
For the 1st time its 25 year of existence, Dutch news organisation @RTLNieuwsnl, speaks out against a politician: "Geert, shame on you!"Stefan de Vries
@Hanifgarmabi already heard of Dutch 2nd Hitler?! Wilders likes Moroccan minority here 2B minimised! Another final solution?DisgustingBep Welleweerd
@BrendaStoter This behavior almost justifies comparison against Adolf Hitler. It's a shame!Aby Cohen
refused to apologise, arguing Dutch-Moroccans are responsible for increased crime in the Netherlands. A 2011 study on Dutch-Moroccans reveals that as a whole Moroccan youth are over-represented by 196 per cent in the Dutch criminal justice system. The report notes that in neighborhoods where the majority of residents are Moroccan immigrants, the crime rates are close to 50 per cent.
@mayalhassen @AJStream Racism, xenophobia, & marginalization.Its easier to target minorities when it comes to criminalization/cj system.Darakshan
The Stream asked its community if they feel that Moroccan immigrants are being singled out by Wilders.
@AJStream some people like @geertwilderspvv are just #xenophonic and need someone to propagandize against in order to feel great. #PoorNetzblockierer
@AJStream wilders is not the problem. A large segment of the population agreeing with him is.Tim Terpstra
@ajstream O'course easy to blame immigrants for their failure to provide security,Italians & French being doing it for years with the RomaPeter_S_Becks
@mmbilal @ajstream Europe find's it difficult to deal with integration,suspicion & blame of Migrant communities is common #NetherlandsPeter_S_Becks
@DeemaAlpha @AJStream Well guess natives are beginning to feel out of place in their own country, ot makes sense for "racism" to rise.Il Charlie
It may be a bit extreme that he targeted a certain group. BUT I don't blame him since crime stats don't lie. I'm also an immigrant in The Netherlands (from Africa) and I just think it is fair to say that ANY immigrant, regardless from which country or race they are, should be send back when they commit a crime. When immigrants commit crime, they are giving all other immigrants a bad name. So I agree with Geert that they must deport immigrants and people with dual citizenship who has a criminal record.Lize Schlebusch