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Dutch right-wing politician puts "anti-Islam policy priority in 2013"

THE HAGUE, Dec. 27 — Dutch politician Geert Wilders, leader of the right wing populist Party of Freedom PVV, said Thursday anti-Islam policy will be his top priority in the forthcoming year, local media reported.

"Next to all things about Europe and the economic situation the people will hear from our resistance against the 'Islamization' of the Netherlands," Wilders told Dutch TV channel NOS in an interview.

"I will intensify this battle, both in the Netherlands, but also internationally from Australia to America to Switzerland, or anywhere else," he added.

He said the fight was a life mission for him. He also noted a "Moroccan problem," referring to the recent death of a soccer linesman who was attacked by some young people of Moroccan origin, and one of Antillean descent.

In 2010 the PVV won 24 seats in the Dutch parliament, partly as a result of its anti-Islamic rhetoric.

As a supporting party the PVV contributed the minority cabinet of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte which fell in April 2012, after Wilders quit negotiations on austerity measures. In the parliamentary elections held in September 2012, PVV saw its seats reduced to 15. (PNA/Xinhua)


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