Frontrunner Wilders had suspended campaigning after Moroccan-Muslim mole was uncovered within his police security detail
With less than 2 weeks until Dutch election, the government has assigned special forces of the Dutch military to protect the frontrunner Geert Wilders, European newspapers report.
Europe’s most prominent critic of Islam and leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV), Wilder had suspended his public campaign last week after a police officer serving in his security detail was arrested for leaking details about his movements to Moroccan-Muslim criminal organisation.
With promises of ‘de-Islamising’ the Netherlands and taking the country out of the European Union, Wilders has been leading the polls ahead of the March 15 election. The result of the election in the Netherlands is bound to set the tone for the two major elections coming up in Europe later this year: the France presidential election in April-May and the German parliamentary election in September.
Dutch Government’s move, to transfer Wilders’ security over to the country’s military, points to the lack of faith in country’s law enforcement to protect the life of PVV leader who has been on the crosshairs of international Jihadi groups for more than a decade.
Authorities in the Netherlands still need to answer some serious questions surrounding the Moroccan-Muslim mole found in Wilders’ security detail.
Firstly, why did the Dutch Police assign a Muslim police officer of Moroccan descent to Wilders’ security detail, especially in the light of growing hostilities towards the politician within the Moroccan-Muslim population? Secondly, if the threat to Wilders’ life is so imminent that the government had to call in the military, why then was the suspected police-mole allowed to walk free after questioning?
British newspaper THE EXPRESS writes:
The 53-year-old, who is currently riding high in the opinion polls, had been forced to cancel all public events after revelations of leaks from the police team guarding him.
The Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) leader had been living under 24-hour police protection since an Islamist militant’s 2004 murder of fellow Islam critic Theo van Gogh.
But the Special Security Assignments Brigade (SAB), which is normally in charge of guarding embassies in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq, has been called in to help protect the hardline politician.
Moroccan-Muslim community in the Netherlands have had a history of association with Islamist terror. In 2004, film maker Theo van Gogh was stabbed to death by a Moroccan-origin terrorist in Amsterdam. Theo van Gogh had enraged many Muslims in the Netherlands for making a 10-minute film on violence against women.
In December, a Dutch court found Wilders guilty of hate speech for merely asking Dutch voter: “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans?” — during the 2014 election campaign.
PVV has emerged as a nationwide party since its founding in 2006, however Wilders is the face and the main campaigner for the party. His absence from the campaign is adversely affecting PVV’s performance. In some polls, PVV has slipped to the second place, behind the conservative VVD of Prime Minister Mark Rutte, for the first time since November.
With European political establishment united against Wilders and the European mainstream media portraying him as an intolerant hatemonger for daring to speaking up against the political Islam, the Dutch politician remain the lone voice of sanity in today’s European political stage.
Watch: Can Geert Wilders win the Dutch Election? A report by Germany’s state-run DW News
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