PVV leader Geert Wilders is sticking by his ‘fewer Moroccan’ statements made earlier this year, the anti-Islam campaigner said in a statement on Monday.
‘I am not taking back a single word I said,’ Wilders said in the statement he gave to police investigating claims he incited racial hatred.
Wilders was interviewed on Monday morning on the orders of the public prosecution department. The department said in October Wilders is ‘suspected of having insulted a population group with respect to their race and of incitement to discrimination and hatred’.
The investigation goes back to the local elections last March. During a post vote meeting with supporters in The Hague, Wilders asked the crowd ‘and do you want more or fewer Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?’ To which the crowd chanted ‘fewer, fewer, fewer’. ‘We’ll arrange that,’ Wilders said, smiling, when the chanting died down.
In his statement, Wilders said that he did want ‘fewer Moroccans’ and ‘less Islam’ in the Netherlands and that he would not allow himself to be silenced.
Wilders went on to quote US black rights activist Martin Luther King. ‘There is nothing greater in all the world than freedom. It’s worth going to jail for. It’s worth dying for,’ Wilders’ statement said, in English.
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