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June 9th, 2010
06:05 PM ET

Anti-Islam Freedom Party makes strong showing in Dutch elections

The far-right, anti-Islam Freedom Party of controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders more than doubled its seats in parliament in elections Wednesday, beating analysts' expectations by coming in third, exit polls showed.

The party is set to go from nine seats to 23, the Synovate projection predicts.

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  1. ABDULLAH

    The nerderlands are good folks but in the past they were the home of some of the most evil slave trade the world has ever known!
    So lets keep it real islam is not your enemy just like i cannot blame you for 300 years of slave trafficing of your forefathers!

    August 13, 2010 at 4:06 am |
  2. ABDULLAH

    Jews during ww2 hid in france moslem houses of worship from the nazi,s

    August 13, 2010 at 3:35 am |
  3. ABDULLAH

    real islam gave spain it,s culture for over 700 years protect the jews in this period.

    August 13, 2010 at 3:33 am |
  4. Karel

    We apologize for the 1,5 million dutch people that voted for Geert Wilders! http://tinyurl.com/2cqotx7

    June 11, 2010 at 10:42 am |
  5. Grace

    Western identity and 'identity' in general is fluid – this is a product of our TIME. It does not necessarily relate necessarily to a specific code nor geo-political boundary, and as soon as we start to condition this understanding, we're going to continue to face radical tension from the people in our society who were once voiceless as a minority.

    The sharia law that is being pushed in other countries are reacting against the cultural influences threatening their own societies – EXACTLY in the same manner of response as our faithful Wilders. Defending this outdated norm and appropriating ancient regulations that are supposedly going to inspire our sense of collective identity and sense of belonging is not going to bridge conflict into social harmony. Time mutates and erodes our definitions – we need to revisit our interpretations of our governing founding principles.

    Once we try to deny those we have invited to our countries (at the lowest levels – workers to do jobs we did not want to do), and continue to perceive them at those lowest levels with no evolution on our societies' part, to integrate them, to understand them, this is a dangerous situation.

    This is reflected in a number of disciplines – just as artistic discourse is being challenged by seemingly inappropriate canons of the east (because it has no place), western hegemony rears its ugly head by bounding the rights of the other – the minority that was never intended to integrate.

    @ Armand Achern When we think of Indonesia's attempt to ban nudity or bathing suits for that matter, we think it backward and close minded. And it is, but understandably similar to the meaningless attempt to control the ebb and flow of culture and influence in dutch society or any other throughout Europe that is attempting to regulate the so-called freedom of expression.

    This hugely disturbing rise in support reflects a futile attempt to control the western identity against the impossible tide of globalization and open society.

    Its mutual, all over the world.

    Fighting the intangible boundaries of our nationhood/cultural rites... and so it may never end.

    June 11, 2010 at 12:20 am |
    • David

      Hi Grace, it is a wonderful name.
      Howver grace can not be upon all things that are LAWLESS.

      LAWLESSNESS is never outdated or uncultural or good for society – For that matter, lawlessness is never goo for any segment in society. It is never good for majority or minority races.
      If we have a minority race – muslims and intheir midst are groups that goes all out to kill and kill what does this tell you, can such lawlessness be accepted for what ever creed it stands for????

      Why is not the muslim main body standing up and put this down this lawlessness- after all it arises from their midst. And if you instead have the main body protecting their killers and suicides bombers and all that that are killing of innocent free speech and expression?? what does that put US, as accomplices to their murders?? Are there no laws to arrest these killers ??

      Are there no one to stand up and put these terrorst down??

      What are you doing ?? supporting lawlessness, are you so Righteously put your own label of support to it ???
      Man this is something that boggles my mind – man is this madness to be supported - where are the ambulances for mental patients ????

      June 11, 2010 at 11:40 am |
  6. kees

    Did somebody READ the program of the PVV????.......I don't think so...!? Healthprogram! Pension!? return of taxes for your house....! not baut the JFS....and there is much more..You all are very blind......

    June 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • Blits

      I actually read it, and it looks(and reads) like it's written by an intern. There are a lot of blank pages probably to add some pages in the index. The whole program in written in 9000 words, and 1/3 of that is a personal essay from Geert himself about the dangers of Islam. If you compare that to the party line of the VVD (21000+ words), PvdA (25000+ words) or Groenlinks (22000+ words) it looks kind of amateurish. Off course there's more in it than just the muslim issues, but most of those issues come straight from the VVD party line (his former party). And I don't know if you read the papers: he changed his mind today about the retirement age, that was his main subject next to the "Islam dangers". He said it was an "breakpoint", he would never change his mind about that. But he just did. So he's cheating on his voters now. Still happy you voted for that guy, Kees?

      June 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  7. Infidel and proud of it

    After countless suicide bombs, killing thousands of innocent people just for not believing in their religion, muslims have some nerve being "offended" by anything! I'm not a member of their club, so I'm not subject to their rules. In fact, I'm gonna sit down right now and draw a picture of Mohammed.

    June 10, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
    • Blits

      You go and do that, and I'm sure 99,9999999% of the muslims couldn't care less. The problem is that people like you forget that Muslims and Muslim-Fundamentalists aren't the same. Being fundamental about something is always a bad thing, especially with religion. For example, look at the evangelical Christian fundamentalists in the USA, they even compare themselves with muslim fundamentalists. Who knows they might suicide bomb a abortion clinic some day. You never know. The point I'm trying to make is that the discussion should't be about Muslims in general, but about Fundamentalism, that's the real problem!

      June 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
    • Robert

      How many innocent people did the Americans killl?? Remember Vietnam, Irak, Afganistan? Please lets not go there..

      June 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  8. texmex

    Hey if they dont like muslims let it be! i wish america had a little dutch in it

    June 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm |
    • Blits

      What is exactly your problem with Muslims? And don't come up with the "they're all terrorists" crap, we all know that is not true. And politics wise, Bush was just as extreme (in other ways) as Wilders! So don't worry about the "dutch" in you, Americans can vote for a dumb-ass as well.

      June 10, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  9. Blits

    People who voted for Wilders are just scared of Islam. And why is this? Not because they have their own problems with muslims, but because Wilders told them to be scared. Most of the people who voted for Wilders are people who don't have any idea what his party is about and what he stands for, just that it's "against muslims". His voters probably have never met a muslim, but because of Wilders they're scared now. Wilders is just saying what a lot of (on-educated and/or elderly) people want to hear. He is just a populist/racist/crazy man who we will all have forgotten in a few years, because all of his plans are simply to absurd to succeed. No other Dutch party can form a government with Wilders' party, and if it does happen, we will have new elections next year. We've seen it before with Pim Fortuyn, and Wilders is just a follow-up hype.

    June 10, 2010 at 11:05 am |
  10. Raquel

    I live in Holland myself and right now I could really cry. My grandfather and his brothers came to this country and helped building the city that was bombed during world war II. Right now I feel as if most dutch people don't want me over here. And believe me if I had somewhere to go I would go.

    June 10, 2010 at 11:03 am |
  11. Andrew Wang

    I think Dutch politician Geert Wilders will be prime minister in next election. He is leader of anti Islamization of Europe. Dutch People don't like Islam. So He got most Dutch people support.

    June 9, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
    • Armand Achern

      Actually it's not that Dutch people don't like Islam but rather that Islam and more exactly muslim people living in the Nederlands that are responsible of this situation. They are misusing the democracy to advance their religious principle in the legislative and politic levels (trying to impose the Sharia for instance), they systematically refuse to integrate in the country they have welcomed them. Muslims have even killed a Dutch politician in a gruesome way in the name of Islam.

      And this happens in most european countries, so it is likely that the anti muslim feeling will keep on growing. But it's not because of native Europeans, it's up to the muslims to show they have respect for the culture and traditions of the country they live in, and that they are willing to integrate and accept the European and Western values.

      June 10, 2010 at 7:49 am |
    • MysticEarth

      He does not stand for all the Dutch people, don't forget that!

      June 10, 2010 at 10:36 am |
    • Robert

      I Live in Holland, Its far from true that Dutch people don't like Islam, or Muslims. A far majority of the Dutch voted something Else than Wilder's party. To be honest, I'm really ashamed of the pepole that did vote vor him. Holland was always known for their liberality. Muslims in Holland are absolutely not trying to impose the Sharia over here. In every countrey in the world there are some extremists, so in Holland as well. But the most of the muslims are really nice people and probably better neighbours than the Dutch themselve

      June 10, 2010 at 10:39 am |
    • Ton

      @ Armand Achern
      You are not well informed or you try to falsify the truth.
      No muslim killed a Dutch politician. The politician (Pim Fortuyn) was killed by an animal activist.
      A muslim killed the Dutch filmdirector Theo van Gogh.
      You also use the term "they" trying to polarize on an "us and them" situation.

      I live in Holland. It's a great country. It is only becomming overcrowded. The problems here come mainly from this origin I think.

      June 10, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • john

      "But the most of the muslims are really nice people and probably better neighbours than the Dutch themselve" ha you just gave away that your not really Dutch with that last part.

      October 4, 2010 at 8:27 pm |
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