Wilders Calls for Mass Protests against Govt
THE HAGUE, 02/07/13 - Party for Freedom (PVV) leader Geert Wilders is to organise a demonstration against the cabinet. “The people are angry with Premier Rutte and his PvdA (Labour) buddies", said Wilders in De Telegraaf newspaper Monday.
Wilders will apply to The Hague’s Mayor Jozias van Aartsen for a licence for a “big demonstration" on the Square, in front of the Lower House building, on 21 September. Wilders considers the cabinet “dances too much to the tune of Europe".
Meanwhile, the PVV has gained in popularity. Out of the entire Dutch electorate, 28 percent now say they will vote for Wilders’ party at the next elections, or they give the party a chance of winning their vote. This is the highest percentage of all parties, according to a poll by the research bureau of Maurice de Hond.
Wilders’ party is followed closely by centre-left D66 (27 percent) and the Socialist Party (SP, 26 percent). The conservative (VVD) and Labour (PvdA) coalition parties land up with an electoral potential of 25 and 19 percent respectively.
Of all VVD and PvdA voters, some 60 percent say they still give the party for which they voted nine months ago a chance of winning their vote. One-third of the VVD voters give the PVV a chance of their vote, while among PvdA voters, the figure is 13 percent.
The PVV would win 28 seats if elections were held now. This is one fewer than last week. The party would however still be the biggest party in the Lower House, according to De Hond.
The VVD and PvdA coalition parties would lose 20 and 22 seats respectively to land up with 21 and 16 seats. The Christian democrats (CDA) would win one more seat compared with last week, making a total of 15.