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Far right gain ground in Dutch elections

Issue No. 2192

Local election results in the Netherlands are a serious warning to the left.

The Freedom Party (PVV), headed by Islamophobe Geert Wilders, became the biggest party in the town of Almere.

It is also the second largest in The Hague. These were the only two places the party stood.

His election campaign centred on racism and anti-immigrant propaganda.

But he also attacked attempts to lower workers’ living standards and called for troops out of Afghanistan.

Wilders is growing because of disenchantment with the main political parties—and because they have made concessions to him.

Parliamentary elections are scheduled for June.

One poll has put the PVV on 27 seats with both the Tories and the Labour Party on 24.

This would not necessarily mean that Wilders would become prime minister. But it shows the growth of his racist party.

However, the PVV should not be overestimated.

Even in Almere it only took 22 percent of the vote.

Opposition to Wilders’ racism, turning fire towards the bosses and the rich, and policies to defend workers could destroy the PVV.

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Tue 9 Mar 2010, 18:45 GMT
Issue No. 2192
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