50 thoughts on “Bahrain’s own Geert Wilders

  1. CDA lost 4,600 members last year

    Thursday 26 January 2012

    Last week’s Christian Democratic party conference outlining a new political strategy generated some 50 new members for the CDA, news agency ANP reports.

    But over 2011, the party lost 4,600 members and now has 61,294, ANP said. The drop is partly due to deaths but 880 members resigned because they no longer agreed with the CDA’s policies.

    The CDA is part of a coalition cabinet with the right-wing Liberal VVD which in turn has an alliance with the anti-Islam PVV. Many CDA supporters oppose the tie up with Geert Wilders’ party.

    © DutchNews.nl

  2. Detained Bahraini protester dies: Ministry

    A Bahraini protester dies in hospital after clashes with police in a Shiite village during the country’s pro-democracy uprising, while police announces the unnamed person was detained ‘over acts of vandalism’

    AFP , Thursday 26 Jan 2012

    A Bahraini protester detained following clashes with police in a Shiite village has died in hospital, police said on Thursday.

    Police in the Gulf kingdom’s Central Governorate announced that the unnamed person was detained on Tuesday “over acts of vandalism in the area of Sitra,” in a statement posted by the interior ministry on the Twitter social network.

    The term “vandalism” is generally used by the authorities in Bahrain to refer to protests by Shiite youths, which sometimes involve throwing petrol bombs and setting rubbish containers on fire.

    “He died in hospital and the public prosecution has been notified,” the statement said.

    The interior ministry said on Wednesday that 41 police officers were injured in “orchestrated attacks on police forces” on Tuesday amid rising tensions almost a year after the eruption of democracy protests that were crushed in mid-March.

    The opposition said several protesters were wounded on Wednesday in clashes with police in at least four Shiite villages.

    The crackdown on Shiite-led protests last March led to the deaths of 35 people, including five security personnel and five detainees who were tortured to death, a commission appointed by the king to investigate the unrest said.

    Bahrain’s Shiite community, although a majority in the kingdom ruled by the Sunni Al-Khalifa dynasty, has complained of marginalisation.

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  4. New poll emphasises Socialist rise

    Friday 27 January 2012

    The latest Ipsos Synovate opinion poll is the second to emphasis the sharp rise in popularity of the Socialist Party this week.

    The poll says the SP would take 29 seats in parliament if there was a general election tomorrow, up seven on two weeks ago.

    At the same time, support for the anti-Islam PVV is down four seats, from 24 to 20, the Synovate poll shows.

    On Sunday, a Maurice de Hond poll made the SP the biggest party, overtaking the ruling VVD. Synovate puts the VVD ahead on 32 seats.

    SP leader Emile Roemer is the most popular leader in the Synovate poll, with a 7.1 approval rating. Geert Wilders is least popular with a score of 4.2.

    © DutchNews.nl

  5. European Poles call for action on PVV website

    Tuesday 21 February 2012

    The union of Polish communities in Europe (EUWP) has written to prime minister Mark Rutte urging him to distance himself from a website set up by the government’s PVV alliance partner to collect complaints about central and eastern Europeans.

    The organisation, which represents some eight million Polish nationals in Europe, said the website discriminates against citizens of central and eastern Europe working and living in the Netherlands.

    ‘Polish immigrants in Europe are amazed that such an initiative could happen in the 21st century within the European Union,’ the organisation said.

    So far Rutte has refused to comment on the website, saying it is a matter for Geert Wilders’ PVV alone. He has been summoned to discuss the issue with the European parliament in March.

    © DutchNews.nl

  6. Almere PVV councillor quits the party

    Wednesday 22 February 2012

    A city councillor in Almere has become the latest representative of the anti-immigration PVV to leave the party, citing the way the party deals with others as the main reason.

    ‘The tone does not fit in with my way of working,’ Marissa Visser told news agency ANP. ‘I have kind parents and was well brought up.’ Visser will keep her seat on the city council as an independent.

    Almere and The Hague were the only cities where the PVV contested the last local elections in March 2010. The party took 21% of the vote in Almere and became the biggest party on the city council.

    A string of local and provincial councillors have left the PVV since being elected, mainly due to differences with the party’s style of operation.

    © DutchNews.nl

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  8. European MPs work on motions condemning PVV anti-Pole website

    Monday 12 March 2012

    Members of the European parliament are working on motions condemning a website set up by the anti-immigration PVV where people can complain about central and eastern Europeans, Dutch world service radio reports on Monday.

    A draft version of one motion states the ‘PVV hotline openly incites to discriminate against European Union workers from Central and Eastern European countries and is creating divisions between communities in the Dutch society’.

    The motion calls on the ‘European Council and the government of the Netherlands to formally condemn the PVV hotline since it undermines those rights as it is an affront to European values and principles’.


    Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte has repeatedly refused to condemn the website, saying it is a matter for the PVV alone. Rutte’s minority government has a formal alliance with the PVV on economic policy and immigration.

    The European parliament is due to debate the website on Tuesday, but it is unclear what, if any, status the motion has, the Volkskrant states.

    The chairman of the European parliament Martin Schulz has already said the website is unacceptable.


    The website has already been condemned by European commissioners, MEPs, employers’ leaders, ambassadors and migrant labour groups.

    It places newspaper headlines such as ‘Eastern Europeans, increasingly criminal’ alongside a complaints hotline.

    The PVV says the aim is to gain insight into ‘problems caused by central and eastern Europeans in terms of crime, alcoholism, drugs use, dumping household waste and prostitution’.

    © DutchNews.nl

  9. Rutte ignores EU parliament motion on PVV anti-Pole website

    Thursday 15 March 2012

    Prime minister Mark Rutte continued to [refuse to] distance himself from the PVV’s controversial website on Thursday, despite a large majority vote in the European parliament in favour of a motion brandng the website ‘discriminatory and malicious’, reports news agency ANP.

    The motion also calls on prime minister Rutte to distance his cabinet from the PVV initiative. ‘The Dutch government must not close its eyes to the fact that PVV policy goes against the constitutional values of the European Union,’ the motion says.

    However, in a briefing to parliament, Rutte says the government cannot comment on the individual actions of parliamentary parties, reports the Nos website. The PVV website does not reflect the opinion of the government, he repeats.

    ‘It is for a judge to decide if a political party oversteps the law,’ Rutte told parliament.


    The anti-immigration PVV set up its website in early February as a place for people to register their complaints about central and eastern Europeans living in the Netherlands.

    Two days later, Mark Rutte refused to condemn the site, saying it was a matter for the PVV and not the government. The PVV has an alliance with the minority government on economic policy.

    Since then there have been repeated calls for Rutte to distance himself from the website and to demand it is discontinued. There have been complaints about the content from European commissioners, MEPs, employers’ leaders, ambassadors and migrant labour groups.

    In early March, the European parliament began working on a motion condemning the website.

    The PVV maintains its aim is to gain insight into ‘problems caused by central and eastern Europeans in terms of crime, alcoholism, drugs use, dumping household waste and prostitution’.

    © DutchNews.nl

  10. US lobbyists make large donations to PVV, says former MP

    Wednesday 21 March 2012

    American lobbyists make large donations to a foundation set up by the anti-immigration PVV, Hero Brinkman, the MP who left the party on Tuesday, told a television talk show on Tuesday evening.

    Brinkman said he could not rule out the money being used to pay for Geert Wilders’ defence on racial hatred charges but declined to comment further on what the money had been spent on. Nor would he comment on the size of the donations.

    The PVV is thought to generate significant funding from Israeli and far-right supporters in the US.

    No members

    Because the PVV has no members, it does not receive government subsidies to run the campaigning side of its operations and relies instead on donations. The parliamentary party is fully funded by the state.

    Brinkman also gave the Pauw & Witteman show more information about the PVV’s website to collect complaints about eastern and central European nationals. One of the reasons he stepped down from the party was that he disagreed with the website.

    Brinkman, a former policeman, said the website had recieved at least 100,000 hits, half of which were complaints about the site itself. Only a fraction of the total were actual complaints, the MP said.


    Brinkman, an MP for the PVV since 2006, told a news conference he had quit the party because he can no longer accept the lack of democracy within the organisation and the way different groups in society are constantly being singled out for criticism.

    His decision means the ruling alliance – the minority cabinet plus PVV – no longer has a majority in parliament, although Brinkman said he will remain an independent MP and would continue to support the government.

    Group Brinkman: what the papers say
    Hero Brinkman quits PVV, opposition calls for new elections

    © DutchNews.nl

  11. Brinkman, three others form new party in Noord-Holland province

    Thursday 22 March 2012

    Hero Brinkman, the former PVV parliamentarian who left the national party on Tuesday, has stepped out of the party in Noord-Holland province where he is also a councillor.

    Three other of the five-strong PVV grouping on the provincial council have also quit and will join Brinkman in a new group which has not yet been named.

    PVV councillors in the other 11 provinces pledged to continue to support PVV leader Geert Wilders in a string of votes on Wednesday night.


    Brinkman also told reporters the youth day which the Noord-Holland party had organised will go ahead, but no longer under PVV auspices. ‘We are going to appeal to a broad group, and that includes youngsters,’ he said.

    Brinkman stepped down on Tuesday citing the lack of democracy within the PVV and the tendency to single out specific groups in society for criticism.

    According to the Telegraaf, he is now writing a book about the party which will be published before the end of the year. The former policeman has already confirmed suspicions that US lobbyists give considerable funding to the party, which has no members and therefore relies on donations to fund its campaigning.


    ‘There are different groups, such as entrepreneurs, who want to help Geert,’ Brinkman is quoted as saying. ‘Not just lobby groups, it is wider. Networks of people who are busy on the same lines.’

    The Telegraaf says American conservative writer David Horowitz, founder of the Middle East Forum Daniel Pipes and right-wing blogger and networker Pamela Geller are among Wilders’ US backers.

    The PVV leader’s new book is due to be launched in the US on April 30.

    © DutchNews.nl

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  48. Bahrain Shura backs bid to curb MPs’ powers
    Friday, 13 June 2014

    Bahrain’s Shura Council members yesterday (June 13) backed parliament’s proposal to limit its powers after approving a change in the way MPs are allowed to question government ministers.

    Previously, a minister could be summoned to parliament if merely a majority of MPs voted in favour of the request, but under the government-drafted amendment to parliament’s by-laws approved last week by MPs an absolute majority is now required, reported the Gulf Daily News, our sister publication.

    In real terms, this means that 27 out of a total of 40 MPs must vote in favour of questioning before a minister can be summoned, despite the fact that only 21 MPs are required for a vote to take place.


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