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Dutch far-right party vows to close mosques and ban Quran

Geert Wilders's party PVV currently holds the edge over his political rivals ahead of the March 2017 elections. Photograph: (Getty)

WION The Hague, Netherlands Aug 26, 2016, 05.42 AM (IST)

Controversial far-right politician Geert Wilders has vowed to close mosques and ban the Koran to "reverse" Islamisation of The Netherlands.

"All mosques and Islamic schools closed, a ban on the Koran," said Wilders, who heads the populist Party for Freedom (PVV) in the country. 

The promises were outlined by Wilders, a few months ahead of the country's legislative elections. 

In the manifesto posted on Wilders's Twitter feed, he also promised closing of borders, shutting down asylum seeker centres, barring migrants from Islamic countries and banning wearing of headscarves in the country. 

Wilder's party finds itself ahead of the current coalition parties of the Labour Party and the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy led by Prime Minister Mark Rutteof.

Late last year, PVV had an edge over their rivals, with opinion polls predicting 38 out of 150 seats for the party. However, a poll conducted by Ipsos this August suggested a slide in that number. It forecasted 28 seats for the party, which is still 16 seats more than they currently have. 

The party's support has gained momentum on the back of strong anti-immigration sentiments in the country. 

Wilders's hawkish stance on immigration has fanned heated debates in the country, leading to attacks on refugee centres. 

The controversial leader has also been a strong advocate of splitting from EU. 

(WION with inputs from AFP)


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