Holland Wilders personal political advisor quits party over antiMoroccan statements

Amsterdam – The personal political advisor to the far-right politician Geert Wilders has quit the Party for Freedom (PVV), as a reaction to racist and xenophobic statements against Moroccan expatriates in the Netherlands. Stephan Jansen, who has been an active member of the PVV party since 2006 and his representative at the provincial council of South Holland, said in a letter to the party members that his decision is due to racist statements made by Wilders during the local elections campaign last March.“Our party will never be taken seriously again” because of these statements, Jansen wrote, adding that “no other political party will agree to work with us.” Geert Wilders faced an unprecedented storm of protest after he told supporters he would ensure there were “fewer Moroccans” in the country. He was criticized by government members and politicians, including from his own party who distanced themselves from these remarks. Several MPs from Wilders’ Populist Party resigned to protest the statement.