Venlo, Geert Wilders’ hometown

16 09 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

The Netherlands is divided. June’s general election caused political upheaval: the conservative VVD and anti-Islam Freedom Party (PVV) made massive gains, while Labour (PvdA) and especially the Christian Democrats (CDA) lost out. In his series State of the Nation Egbert Hermsen tries to figure out what lies behind the upheaval.

Part 1: Venlo, Geert Wilders’ hometown

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“A moratorium on immigration and clear out the people with dual nationality. Back to where they came from.” The man looks at me, laughing. His twinkling eyes are friendly, but his comments don’t leave room for doubt. He is 77 and has never felt at risk in Genooi, a working class neighbourhood in Venlo, a town in the southern Dutch province of Limburg.

“But nowadays, I don’t dare go out at night anymore.” He thinks PVV leader Geert Wilders’ tough proposals on ‘integration’ should be applied to those youths from the immigrant communities who are causing the trouble. And he’s not the only person who thinks so. At the last election, 30 percent of people in Venlo voted for Geert Wilders and his populist PVV.

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