Netherlands: PM warns Wilders of overemphasising Moroccan crime

Netherlands: PM warns Wilders of overemphasising Moroccan crime

Rutte told Wilders (NL) that Wilder is known for his anti-Islam agenda, but that criminal Moroccan youth don't go to the mosque on Friday, and neither do Antillian youth. Rutte therefore asked whether it's a good idea to continue with the anti-Islamization agenda if he wants to fight crime.

Wilders answered that his party strives both to stop the building of mosques and to deal with criminal Moroccan youth. On the former they don't get their wish, but on the latter they're trying to find a solution with the cabinet.

Via RNW:
Prime Minister Mark Rutte has crossed swords in parliament with populist Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders. The PVV has an agreement to support the minority centre-right government from parliament on most issues.

At one point, the two men shouted at each other to “behave normally”. The exchange followed the prime minister objecting to an earlier statement by a PVV MP, calling Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan an “Islamic monkey”.

Mr Rutte also warned the PVV leader against overemphasising the problem of criminality amongst Dutch-Moroccan youths. He told Mr Wilders that this could lead to the alienation of law-abiding and highly qualified members of the Dutch-Moroccan community. Mr Wilders countered that such people should take the criminal members of their community in hand.