Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, of yesterday, 18 May 2014:
Edited by: editors – 05/18/14, 18:44 – By: Editors / ANP news agency
Writer and actress Elle van Rijn was threatened today after she had spoken critically about Geert Wilders. Van Rijn and Wilders were together as guests in the TV show WNL on Sunday. Van Rijn left the PVV leader in no doubt that she is not fond of his politics.
Van Rijn went on the offensive after the PVV leader had responded to the unexpected increased flow of asylum seekers into the Netherlands. “There is only one solution and that is to be master of our own borders,” said Wilders, and then the author started to participate in the conversation. She reminded him that he was the son of a woman from the Dutch East Indies [today: Indonesia] and that he himself is married to a Hungarian woman.
Van Rijn: “Migration flows have always been with us ( … ) You yourself are a product of them. How can it be that you want to close the borders?” When Wilders was asked how he could support that position the PVV leader was brief: “Maybe because I have common sense.” Like Prime Minister Rutte Wilders says that the Netherlands cannot handle the [supposed] explosive increase in asylum seekers. The PVV leader thinks it absurd that State Secretary Teeven (Justice Department) admits refugees from Syria to the Netherlands, but that elderly people are evicted from homes [because of cuts].
Van Rijn also did not approve of that statement. She pointed out that there is no relationship between the refugees and the situation of the elderly in the Netherlands. “It is clear what kind of new voters you hope to attract,” replied Van Rijn. And that supposedly 43 percent of Dutch people would agree with Wilders‘ slogan ‘Less Moroccans‘: Van Rijn did not believe that at all. “You throw around numbers all the time, and frankly, I do not believe them at all.”
To the Radio 1 program The Press Tribune a shocked Van Rijn told later in the day that she had received all kinds of emails. “Very positive ones but also very negative ones.”
“I am quite shocked by the violent reactions,” she told [TV show] RTL Boulevard. “The point which I wanted to make to Wilders and which I would like to make in response to the hate-spam: Why has all nuance disappeared? In this way, a society is created full of hatred based on pure fear. Let’s try to work together to solve the problems, instead of seeing each other as enemies. Work together instead of working against each other.”
Van Rijn is said to intend to press charges against the death threats. Wilders has not responded to the threats [by his supporters].
Dutch daily De Telegraaf quotes (translated here) one of the emails to Ms Van Rijn by Wilders supporters:
‘Dirty Lefty shit whore, we are gonna get you. I see you walking around often in Amsterdam with that fucking face of yours. Soon, there will be a knife between your tits, you dirty fucking machine.’
This photo, from a Dutch anti-racist blog, is from 21 September in The Hague, the Netherlands.
More anti-Moroccan hate tweets after Wilders’ anti-Moroccan speech: here.