The right-wing liberals (VVD) have launched what amounts to an anti-immigration policy in an effort to position themselves between the political centre-ground and Geert Wilders’ anti-immigration party, reports the Volkskrant on Monday.
The central message in a 20-page report presented today by VVD MP Henk Kamp is that Muslims are free to practice their religion but that ‘the Netherlands is not an islamic country and must never become one’.
The paper says that the tone of the report is tough. It includes calls for dna tests for immigrant brides, making help for illegal immigrants punishable by law, locking up delinquent youngsters under 12 and removing Dutch nationality from repeat offenders and deporting them.
The report also says agressive manifestations of islam in public life are undesirable. Calls to prayer through loud-speakers should be banned, as should clothing that covers the face.
The aim of the report is to counteract the popularity of former VVD members Geert Wilders and his anti-immigration PVV party, and of Rita Verdonk, who set up her own political movement in October.
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