A number of right-wing extremists are among the people who signed pledges of support for the anti-Islam PVV in the provincial elections, according to the anti-fascist research group Kafka in Wednesday’s Volkskrant.
Political parties need to gather 30 signatures from supporters before being allowed to take part in elections. Kafka looked at the signatures in 17 of the country’s 20 voting districts.
The lists include the signatures of Wim Elsthout and Ruud Enthoven, who were members of the extreme right-wing Centrumdemocraten and helped relaunch the party.
Enthoven confirmed it was his signature on the form but told the paper: ‘I have nothing with the PVV. The foreman and his followers look too much towards the US and Israel.’
Kafka also found several people with an extreme-right past among the party’s candidates for provincial government. One on the Groningen list had already hit the headlines for trying to drum up support for the PVV on far-right websites.
‘These are people whose past is known,’ said Kafka researcher Jaan van Beek. ‘The party does not want to have anything to do with the far-right. So why does it ask for their signatures?’.
Nevertheless, the PVV is screening its candidates and supporters better because there are fewer people with an extreme-right connection on its lists than in 2007, Kafka said.
In its analysis of the PVV candidates, public broadcaster says 20 of the total number of candidates (around 200) were on the party’s list for the 2010 European, local government or national elections.
Fourteen of the total already have a political function for the party.
Thank you for donating to DutchNews.nl.
We could not provide the Dutch News service, and keep it free of charge, without the generous support of our readers. Your donations allow us to report on issues you tell us matter, and provide you with a summary of the most important Dutch news each day.Make a donation