Netherlands’ Most Popular Party Wants Ban On All Things Islam

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Jacob Bojesson Foreign Correspondent

Geert Wilders, leader of the nationalist Dutch Freedom Party, wants a ban on pretty much much everything that has to do with Islam.

Wilders released a manifesto Thursday for how the Freedom Party plans to reverse the “Islamization” of the country between 2017-2021. The platform includes bans on mosques, Islamic schools, the Koran, headscarves on women and Muslim immigration.

Wilders has been able to gain popularity at home despite going on trial several times for “inciting hatred” with his remarks against Islam. (RELATED: Muslim Congressmen Want To Block ‘Islamophobic’ Dutch Lawmaker Geert Wilders From Entering The US)

Recent polls suggest the Freedom Party may become the largest in next year’s election. The party is still unlikely to win its own majority in the parliament, and will have a hard time finding coalition partners to form a government.

Wilders has also promised a “Nexit” referendum on the country’s status as a member of the European Union if elected prime minister. Other items on the platform include more funding for defense and police.

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