The anti-Islam party PVV will win more seats in Thursday’s EU parliamentary elections than the free market Liberals (VVD), party leader Geert Wilders said in a speech in Rotterdam on Sunday.
Wilders, who appears on PVV election posters but says he will not take his seat if elected, said the time was now right to see off ‘the left-wing’ elite. It is the first time the PVV has taken part in the European vote.
‘Staying at home is remaining silent. It is now or never,’ he said.
Entering the hall to the sound of John Fogerty’s ‘Rocking all over the World’, Wilders was enthusiastically welcomed by the 300 or so people present, the Volkskrant reports.
During his speech, which was open to the press, Wilders also attacked the ‘Islamic invasion’ and called for ‘corrupt states’ such as Bulgaria and Romania to be thrown out of the EU.
Barry Madlener, who is leading the PVV’s electon campaign, said that Turkey should never be admitted to the EU. ‘We have enough Islam in Turkey, enough Islam in the Netherlands and enough Islam in Rotterdam,’ news agency ANP reported him as saying.
The Volkskrant reports that the tone of the gathering was harsh. At one point, when MP Gerard de Roon outlined his plans for minimum sentences, Wilders asked ‘and when will they be deported?’ The room broke into applause, the paper says.
Earlier PVV supporters’ meetings were closed to the press.
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