Opponents of anti-immigration and anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders are launching a new movement aimed at getting the silent majority to show their opposition to his ideas.
‘Stop de verWildering’ – a play on words which losely means ‘stop the degeneration’ – is being initiated by Rene Danen from anti-racist group Bekent Kleur and Mohamed Sini from the Islam and Citizenship Foundation.
The platform has an important ally in the prominent Christian Democrat Doekle Terpstra, former trade union boss and now head of the HBO college board who coined the phrase ‘verWildering’ in an interview with Trouw on Friday.
‘Wilders is abusing his position and using the right to freedom of expression as an alibi to stir up and split society,’ Terpstra said in Trouw, and called for the development of a broad front to oppose him.
Wilders said he thought the initiative was ‘completely disgusting’ and pointed out that his party, which has nine MPs, enjoys the support of 500,000 voters.
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