Dutch ruling party Congressman compares Wilders to Hitler

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Geert Wilders of the Party for Freedom (PVV) prior to his trial, at Schiphol, Badhoevedorp, The Netherlands, 18 March 2016. Wilders was in trial for allegedly inciting hatred against the Dutch Moroccan minority.

Dutch ruling party Congressman compares Wilders to Hitler


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The modern PVV party is ‘more dangerous’ than the Dutch National Socialists (NSB) of the 1930s said Dutch Congressman Sybe Schaap on Tuesday.

In a statement to the Trouw daily, the Congressman of the ruling VVD – People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy – said that if Wilders were to come to power thing could become very nasty.

Schaap, a philosopher, was speaking on the occasion of the publication of his new book – the Declining Rule of Law – and in his analysis he compares the PVV to Nazi phenomenon. Schaap focuses on the cult of the leader and absolutism.

Schaap compared Wilders’ unchecked and absolute power within the far-right PVV (Party of Freedom) to that of the Führer in the National Socialist movement. “The PVV is already a dictatorship,” he said. However, he specified he does not believe Wilders is a potential mass murderer, like Hitler. But, he said he could turn out to be a dictator.

Wilders’ “unchecked” authority has recently been questioned by a PVV splinter party, VoorNederland, led by Jan Roos who masterminded the anti-Ukraine referendum.

Wilders calls for a total ban of the Koran, mosques, Islamic schools, and refugee centers. The Dutch are going to the polls in March 2017, before France (April-May) and Germany. PVV is leading the polls for over a year, but a major poll published on Wednesday suggests the ruling VVD is catching on. PVV peaked in the beginning of 2016 with 26% but has since dropped to below 20%.

Explaining how the PVV movement could be worse than Nazism, Schaap said that Wilders is not facing a strong ideological counter-narrative, as the National Socialists did. Since ideologies “do not exist anymore.”

In 2012 Schaap was critical of his own government that accepted parliamentary support from PVV. Neither Wilders nor PVV have issued a statement in response as yet.

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