Geert Wilders tell’s Dutch-Turks ‘If you don’t like it, get out’ Demands 400,000 lose dual citizenship
The far right in the Netherlands has demanded that all 400,000 ethnic Turks there be stripped of their dual citizenship amid rising tensions before the country’s elections on Wednesday.
Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party, described Turks as a “fifth column” as the Netherlands and Turkey became embroiled in a race row that resulted in rioting, diplomatic deportations and verbal insults.
The dispute deepened after the Turkish foreign minister travelled to France for a pro-Erdogan rally in the northeastern city of Metz yesterday in the hope of securing the votes of 700,000 expatriates there.The Netherlands sought to block loyalists of President Erdogan from trying to rally electoral support among the 4.6 million Turkish expatriates in western Europe before a referendum next month that could grant him sweeping new constitutional powers.
Far-right parties in the Netherlands and France seized on the Turkish campaign yesterday as evidence of the creeping influence of Islam on their way of life.
Dutch riot police sought to crack down on the rallies after the authorities expelled a Turkish minister who was hosting the campaign and denied a visa to the foreign minister.
As Mr Erdogan accused the Dutch government of acting like “Nazis” and threatened harsh sanctions, Mr Wilders, who has campaigned against the “Islamisation” of Europe, said: “We have a fifth column in the Netherlands. If your loyalty lies elsewhere then get out. No dual citizenship anymore. And shut the borders.”
Marine Le Pen, leader of the National Front in France, said: “Why should we tolerate on our soil what other democracies refuse? No Turkish election campaign in France.”
Conceding defeat? Dutch PM admits Geert Wilders has ‘REAL’ chance at winning election
NETHERLANDS Prime Minister Mark Rutte has admitted Geert Wilders has a “real” chance of winning the upcoming election.
The Prime Minister said a Wilders win with his PVV party would “send a signal to the rest of the world” and urged voters to stop “the wrong populism”.
Mr Rutte said: “There is a real risk that on March 16 we can wake up in this country and Geert Wilders is leading the biggest party and that will send a signal to the rest of the world.”