Sunday 24 January 2021

Geert Wilders wants protection for PVV election candidates

PVV election posterPVV leader Geert Wilders has called for official protection for the party’s candidates in next week’s provincial elections.

He says candidates are being confronted by ‘attacks and violence’ and that it is ‘disgusting’ how the media and other politicians are silent on the issue, the Volkskrant reports on Monday.

The statement came after a window was broken at the home of a 20-year-old student candidate for the party in Etten-Leur in Noord-Brabant province.

The Volkskrant says the counter-terrorism unit NCTV has been in touch with the public prosecution department about the incidents. ‘We are monitoring the situation and will take action if necessary,’ a justice ministry spokesman told the paper.

There have also been incidents in Zeeland and Friesland. In Zeeland, a paving tile was thrown through the window of one candidate’s home. In Friesland several PVV members’ houses were sprayed with graffiti.

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