Geert Wilders hit out at Islam, saying it's incompatible with freedom
The Dutch prime ministerial front-runner said Christianity, Judaism and humanism all contribute to values on which the Netherlands thrives on.
He then hit out at Islam in his latest of a long line of criticisms against the religion.
The 53-year-old Freedom Party (PVV) leader, told USA Today: “Dutch values are based on Christianity, on Judaism, on humanism. Islam and freedom are not compatible.
Islam and freedom are not compatible
"You see it in almost every country where it dominates.
“There is a total lack of freedom, civil society, rule of law, middle class; journalists, gays, apostates — they are all in trouble in those places.
“And we import it."
Geert Wilders launched his election campaign by saying there is a lot of Moroccan scum in Holland
Mr Wilders’ comments come just days after he launched his election campaign by saying there is a lot of “Moroccan scum” in Holland “who make the streets unsafe”.
The controversial politician, who was briefly banned from the UK in 2009, was dominating the polls until earlier today when Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s ruling Liberals narrowed the gap and are now neck-and-neck three weeks before the general election.
His support for US President Donald Trump appears to be his downfall, with many Dutch voters seeing Mr Trump as bad for global stability.
Most parties have ruled out forming a coalition with the PVV if the far-right party wins.
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But Mr Wilders said winning is not the be all and end all.
He added: “Even if I lose this election, the genie will not go back in the bottle again.
Current PM Mark Rutte has caught up with Mr Wilders in the polls today
Mr Wilders attended a meeting of right-wing politicians, including Marine Le Pen and Frauke Petry
"People are fed up with the combination of mass immigration, Islamisation and austerity measures that require us to cut pensions and support for health care and the elderly while giving bailout money to Greece and the eurozone.
“On Islam, it is true that I am tough. Perhaps tougher than I should be if my only aim was to get votes.
"But I really believe in what I say, that the Islamic ideology is this huge threat."
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Last year, Mr Wilders was convicted of inciting discrimination and hatred against Moroccans in the Netherlands after police received 6,400 complaints when he said he was “going to take care of that” after asking if supporters wanted “fewer or more Moroccans” in the country.
His party currently holds 12 of the 150 seats in the Dutch parliament’s lower house.
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