Sunday 17 October 2021

Rotterdam mayor speaks out on ‘hurt’ caused by Wilders’ anti-Moroccan stand

aboutaleb rotterdam mayorRotterdam mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb has urged PVV leader Geert Wilders to come clean about how he intends to reduce the size of the Moroccan population in the Netherlands.

Moroccan-born Aboutaleb was speaking on Zomergasten, a summer series of long television interviews with a single guest broadcast on Sunday evening by the VPRO.

During the interview, which pulled in an audience of 800,000, Aboutaleb spoke about his parents’ fears that they will be ordered to leave the Netherlands, and how much this hurts him.

His father worked two jobs so his children could study, Aboutaleb said.

‘But there have to be fewer people like him, not because he has done something wrong but because he is a member of a particular ethnic group,’ the mayor said.

‘So I want to know from Wilders “when are you going to send them back?”.. Wilders has said he is going to organise it. So society has a right to know how he plans to do this.’


Wilders is currently under investigation for leading his supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant of ‘fewer fewer fewer’ during the European election campaign last year.

The PVV leader used Twitter to remind Aboutaleb he had already outlined his plans at a press conference in March 2014. Wilders wants limits to immigration from Islamic countries, measures to stimulate voluntary repatriation and the deportation of criminals.

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