[A-List] Fwd: [R-G] Anti-immigrant right win 15% of Dutch vote in European elections
Suzanne de Kuyper
suzannedk at gmail.com
Thu Jun 11 12:36:03 MDT 2009
This is a mirror image of the closet haters that propelled Bush and Cheney
to the top twice. Steven Speilberg and the Hollywood machine are greatly to
blame for the world believing that facicsm come from comes in only one or
two colors and is not natural to the human animal. Holland never confronted
as Germany had to, how many Dutchmen were Nazi by choice as well as those
that were forced to by horrible fear to profess that belief. That is true
of other countries as well far larger than Holland.
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From: Sid Shniad <shniad at sfu.ca>
Date: Jun 9, 2009 11:06 PM
Subject: [R-G] Anti-immigrant right win 15% of Dutch vote in European
To: Suzanne de Kuyper <suzannedk at gmail.com>
The Guardian 5 June 2009
Anti-immigrant right win 15% of Dutch vote in European elections
• Exit polls predict Freedom party to take second place
• Leader Geert Wilders faces prosection for hate speech
Ian Traynor in Brussels
The Dutch anti-immigrant maverick, Geert Wilders, scored his biggest victory
yesterday, seizing 15% and second place in European elections for the
Netherlands , according to exit polls last night.
The bleached blond populist, barred from Britain and facing prosecution at
home for hate speech, led his Freedom party to win four of the Netherlands'
25 seats in the European parliament at the first attempt, pushing the Labour
party of the coalition government's finance minister, Wouter Bos, into third
Wilders wants the European parliament abolished, Bulgaria and Romania kicked
out of the EU, the mass deportation of immigrants from the Netherlands, and
a minimum say for Brussels over Dutch policy. The virulence of his
anti-Islam and anti-immigrant activities saw him barred from entering
Britain earlier this year, while the Dutch authorities are prosecuting him
for inciting hatred.
He is also under 24-hour security amid intense hostility to his statements
on Islam, likening the Koran to Hitler's Mein Kampf and making a film
depicting Islam as a vehicle of violence and terrorism.
Last night's estimate of 15% represented a big increase on the 6% he took in
the last general election in 2006, despite fielding a list of unknowns for
seats in the European parliament. "Geert Wilders' onward march in Dutch
politics continues," said the newspaper, De Telegraaf.
The Christian Democrats of prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende won the
election, according to the television exit poll, but dropped 4 points and
lost two seats. Its coalition partner, the Labour party, took 4 seats, like
Wilders, but dropped 10 points and forfeited three seats.
Wilders will take further encouragement from a mock election staged among
15,000 pupils in 140 schools in the Netherlands this week which gave him
more than 19% support, ahead of all other parties.
Only two of 27 EU countries, Britain and the Netherlands, voted yesterday.
The election climaxes on Sunday with elections in 18 countries.
The Dutch bent the rules governing the world's biggest trans-national ballot
by releasing reliable partial results and exit polls late last night,
despite a ban on announcing the election outcome until after the vote ends
on Sunday evening.
National politicians and senior EU officials appealed for people to use
their vote, amid fears that the turnout would fall well below 40% to the
lowest level of the seven elections in the last 30 years.
Turnout in the Netherlands was around 40%, similar to five years ago and
half the level of the general election in 2006.
Some 375 million people are eligible to vote for 736 seats in the chamber
which alternates between Brussels and Strasbourg. With unemployment across
the EU nudging 10%, the highest level in a decade, according to figures
released this week, the recession, jobs, and worries for the future are key
issues. Apathy and anger are likely to cause a low turnout, as well as
protest voting that will hit mainstream parties and benefit extremists,
according to analysts.
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