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Greenpeace is damaging Holland's reputation, says the PVV

Monday 21 November 2011

Environmental organisation Greenpeace has gone too far so often that the government should look into expelling it from the Netherlands, Richard de Mos, an MP for the populist PVV, says in Monday’s Telegraaf.

Greenpeace’s international headquarters in Amsterdam should be closed down, because its presence is damaging the Netherlands’ reputation abroad, De Mos told the paper.

The ruling VVD Liberals are also critical of the organisation’s performance and want to find out if government subsidies and payouts from the Postcode lottery can be scrapped if Greenpeace breaks the law, the Telegraaf says.

Last month
, the paper claimed Greenpeace may have put the public at risk with an anti-nuclear train stunt.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

I hope that this will apply to all organisations that are damaging the Netherlands reputation abroad. Did someone say PVV? Just ask our fellow EU countries.

By Simon | 21 November 2011 8:28 AM

As usual the freedom PVV stands for is only for the people PVV agrees with.
Last year GP had 502.000 members in the Netherlands. Which is 501.999 more then PVV has.

By pepe | 21 November 2011 8:40 AM

The PVV (and the government it supports) is doing more damage to the reputation of the Netherlands than Greenpeace ever could.

By groverpm | 21 November 2011 8:43 AM

It's the PVV Rutte and co that are damaging the Netherlands reputation abroad due to their policy of open racism.

By Jason | 21 November 2011 8:54 AM

this must be so sad and embarrassing for all the decent socially minded caring Dutch folks that live here, who did not support or vote for the PVV or this pathetic conservative government. apparently it's not just the PVV, but the central governing VVD party is also very conservative and not very progressive, regarding all sorts of issues! although I do not agree with everything Greenpeace does, I still value most of what they do and what represent very highly.
what has happened to the Netherlands?

By Bill | 21 November 2011 9:48 AM

Of course, there will always be folks that defend what is happening here in the Netherlands, and make excuses for it, rather than acknowledging that there are very serious problems here so we can begin to develop alternatives for them. This is exactly how the problems become so severe and extreme - denying them.

By Bill | 21 November 2011 10:20 AM

Greenpeace in Amsterdam brings the Netherlands respect from the world. Your current government and the PVV make us disappointed. theo (from England)

By theo | 21 November 2011 11:56 AM

How can an international organization damage Netherland's image abroad? It is the "modern" Netherlands as a whole who is damaging its image, nor a bunch of tree huggers. And everybody knows it's an old image, anyway

By expat | 21 November 2011 12:07 PM

I do confirm PVV is causing serious is damage the Netherlands’ reputation abroad.

By Philippe | 21 November 2011 12:30 PM

Whatever happened to the 'tolerence' that the Dutch were always so well known for ?

Greenpeace bring prestige to the country !

Now excuse me while I rant a little. The Netherlands have changed but changed for the worse over the 10 years that I've been here. As for Wilders and the PVV, I can't fathom why voters fall for these idiotic divisive policies.

It's totally bewildering .... no pun intended :-)

By Doug | 21 November 2011 7:10 PM

Greenpeace started up in the 60's involved with anti nuclear testing, long before Wilders came on the scene. The PVV statement about Greenpeace is a red herring: they are probably referring to one of their publicity stunts that came off badly.

Long before Wilders came to power, he was busy with the Anglo-American Alliance. I'm pretty sure that the real funding lies here. I just keep hoping that Wiki-Leaks uncovers something soon for the sake of NL getting back it's good reputation. most of the problems we have are caused by bad world leaders, not us.

By The visitor | 22 November 2011 1:08 AM

more shocking to me are the results of a simple poll in het Parool this morning, indicating that only a scant 60% of the poll participants want to keep Greenpeace in the Netherlands. The other 40% agree with Wilders!!
I repeat: what has happened to this country? I have to wonder, considering what is going on, if this culture as a whole was ever REALLY liberal and tolerant and open minded. this is really sad to see for me.

By Bill | 22 November 2011 7:12 AM

Why do I always have the feeling the PVV never seems to get the point?
The PVV was the beginning of the end for the Netherlands.

By Sambatullips | 22 November 2011 7:32 AM

Greenpeace was stripped of its charitable status in Canada after found to be in violation of the law. Greenpeace has been publicly denounced by it's Canadian co-founder as nothing more than an anti-science front for the hard left, exploiting the environment to advance their political agenda.

By Kate | 27 November 2011 9:38 PM

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