Rabat – The leader of the Netherlands’ far-right nationalist party PVV, Geert Wilders, is causing a stir again, as part of his “fewer Moroccans” appeal.
The controversial politician took to Twitter to post a photo of a Moroccan flag in a pool, with the incendiary caption; “We want our pools back! Make them safe for women and children again.”
He topped the post off by saying “Tackle the nuisance at last! #StopTerrorism,” implying that Moroccans are inherently terrorists.
We willen onze zwembaden terug!
Weer veilig voor onze vrouwen en dochters.
Pak het overlastgevende tuig eindelijk eens keihard aan!
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) July 2, 2019
The tweet received 361 retweets and over a 1000 likes. The responses to the tweet are mostly from his far-right followers expressing their agreement. “Stop this cancer population,” one user replied.
“If the police don’t do it, we will do it ourselves. But then don’t complain if there’s a civil war because Dutch dads beat Muslims completely rotten,” another user said.
Wilders has been making his disdain for Moroccans clear for years. In February 2017, he made headlines for calling Moroccans “scum” and said he wanted to make the Netherlands “ours again” during his election campaign.
“The Moroccan scum in Holland … once again not all are scum … but there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland who make the streets unsafe, mostly young people … and that should change,” he told journalists.
Wilders also said he would ban the Quran if he came to power, and is known for chanting “fewer Moroccans!” with his supporters during rallies.
While he does have supporters for his extreme views, he has faced a substantial amount of backlash – and legal ramifications. In 2017, he was charged with inciting discrimination, although he received no fines or jail time with the conviction.
However, just last month, he was charged with inciting discrimination again, and this time he has to pay €5,000 fine. The charge stems from comments he made during a political rally just before the elections in March 2014, when he again encouraged the crowd to chant “fewer Moroccans!”