Wilders appeals against ban on Molenbeek visit

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Geert Wilders in Purmerend handing out flyers against the opening of an asylum reception center there. Oct. 6, 2015 (photo: PVV)Geert Wilders in Purmerend handing out flyers against the opening of an asylum reception center there. Oct. 6, 2015 (photo: PVV)

PVV leader Geert Wilders and Filip Dewinter of Vlaams Belang turned to the Belgian council of state to appeal against a decision to ban a visit they planned to Molenbeek on Friday, NOS reports.

The two right-wing politicians planned a tour through the municipality, which Dewinter called "jihad capital of Europe". They referred to this visit as an "Islam safari". The municipality considered their visit too provocative and worried that it may cause riots. Mayor Françoise Schepmans of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek therefore used a special police order to ban the visit. 

In a joint press conference, Wilders and Dewinters said that they did not want to provoke anyone with their visit. They also called it idiotic that the can't move about freely. 

Later today, Dewinter plans to go to Molenbeek to see if the ban is actually enforced. Wilders will not go along for security reasons. The PVV leader said that "we are organizing resistance in the Netherlands, not with violence but with demonstrations". With that he referred to what he calls the "Islamization of the Netherlands". 

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