Monday, December 20, 2004

Geert Wilders speaks out

At least one Dutch politician is speaking out about the crisis being created in the Netherlands by Islamic immigrants:

A DUTCH right-wing parliamentary deputy has called for an immediate freeze on immigration to the Netherlands, where feelings are running high over the killing of an outspoken moviemaker, allegedly by an Islamic extremist.

"We must immediately stop admission of non-western immigrants," Geert Wilders told the newspaper Trouw in a sweeping attack on Islamic culture.

And apparently many Dutch agree with him:

Wilders has enjoyed a major personal surge in popularity in opinion polls following the murder of the outspoken and provocative Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh.

The murder and subsequent violent reprisal attacks on the Muslim community have exposed a painful rift in Dutch society, increasingly torn by ethnic tensions.

A recent poll showed that a staggering 40 per cent of Dutch "hope" that the 900,000 Dutch Muslims in a total population of 16 million "no longer feel at home here" after the van Gogh killing.

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