Thursday, 17 September 2015 - 09:46
Wilders: Netherlands becoming one big asylum center
PVV leader Geert Wilders eventually did manage to have his say about refugees in the Netherlands during the general budget debate in the Tweede Kamer, lower house of parliament, on Wednesday. According to him, the Netherlands is turning into one big asylum center. Wilders tried to turn the budget debate into a refugee debate all through the day. Among other things, the PVV leader accused Prime Minister Mark Rutte of importing "testosterone bombs" that threaten Dutch girls. According to Wilders, the massive influx of refugees means that the Netherlands absolutely has no room for any refugees, including Christians and gay people, NU reports. The country can not handle the influx anymore, and besides refugees can find safety in other countries that are closer to the conflict areas, according to Wilders. Wilders stated that "standing up for your own people" is a Christian value. He said that the government will have "blood on their hands" if an attack occurs because fo the influx of Muslims. And not acting against this is "cultural suicide". He further criticized the arrangements that have been made for refugees. "The get free healthcare, free housing and even free couples' counseling, while the elderly suffer." The PVV leader said that he is seeing an increase in "patriotism" in the Netherlands. According to him, the Dutch population understands that a "Islamic invasion" is happening. Wilders then proceeded to read a list of all the Dutch cities who already have, or are going to have an asylum center. This was too much for virtually all of the other faction leaders. "And we thank them all", D66 leader Alexander Pechtold said to Wilders list of cities with asylum centers. This was met with applause. PvdA leader Diederik Samsom also received a hand of applause when he stated that these cities are showing the positive side of the Netherlands by opening their doors to asylum seekers. GroenLinks leader Jesse Klaver called Wilders "xenophobic". Denk-leader Tunahan Kuzu accused him of sowing hate. "Every human is a neighbor and not a pest", said SGP parliamentarian Kees van der Staaij.