PVV leader Geert Wilders irritated MPs from all parties during Wednesday’s debate on the budget by calling for the introduction of a tax on Muslim headscarves, Trouw reports on Thursday.
It is time ‘to clean up our streets,’ the anti-immigration party leader said. ‘This is pollution of public spaces. Let us do something about this symbol of oppression.’
The proceeds of the €1,000 headscarf licence would go to homes for battered women, he said. ‘We have had enough of headscarves.’
Liberal democrat leader Alexander Pechtold asked himself if Wilders was serious while GroenLinks leader Femke Halsema said his speech was ‘vulgar’.
And Socialist Party leader Agnes Kant asked Wilders if he also planned to tax Jewish skull-caps or headscarves worn by Christian women in the countryside.