Skip to Content

Geert Wilders; Dutch flag. Photo supplied
Antwerp

Wilders joins Vlaams Belang campaign in Antwerp

Police turned out in force for a visit today by Dutch politicians Geert Wilders to the Antwerp branch of Vlaams Belang (VB), according to the national agency for risk assessment OCAD.

Published: September 3, 2018, 4:17 pm

    Read more

    Wilders stepped out of the car at 10.50 am at the Theaterplein, while the market known as the Vogelenmarkt was in full swing. He was greeted by Vlaams Belang list leader Filip Dewinter. Together they strolled to a popular food stall. “I brought the sun”, said Wilders, smiling.

    The visit by the PVV politician was aimed at inviting support for Vlaams Belang in the run-up to the municipal elections in November. Antwerp has always been a VB stronghold, but the party has seen support slipping in favour of the more mainstream Flemish N-VA party run by Bart De Wever.

    The event has been classified as level three – the second-highest of all – and the same level that applied in Brussels after the terrorist attacks in Paris in November 2015.

    Level three risk is the second-highest of all, but OCAD said it will only be applied for the location and duration of the meeting, The Brussels Times reported. The presence of Wilders may attract troublemakers, they said.

    Wilders has meanwhile cancelled his cartoon competition featuring drawings of Mohammed. A cartoon of Mohammed was published by the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten in 2005 which led to violent protests worldwide, including threats to newspapers and cartoonists, and eventually to the murder of 12 people in an attack on the offices of Charlie Hebdo – which also published the cartoons – in Paris in January 2015.

    Wilders left this afternoon after his visit to Antwerp. The Dutch politician not only visited the Antwerp market but also the historical the Leopold De Waelplaats. “Vlaams Belang is the only party that has the guts to call a spade a spade, ” he said.

    Additional security measures were taken as a result of the visit. Wilders has received death threats recently.

    Antwerp police had fenced off the market on the Theaterplein and agents supervised the visitors at the entrances. There were water cannons and reinforcements ready in case there were incidents. A police helicopter hovered above the crowded market, which is also known for the many Dutch people who like to visit the market.

    Antwerp police’s Sven Lommaert told VRT news: “Security level 3 means stringent security measures. Our officers will be visible, but will also mingle with the crowds. Mobile police reinforcements will be held at the ready. If you visit the Bird Market today, you will notice the police presence”.

    After his visit to the market, where Wilders took the time for photos with supporters, he left for the Leopold De Waelplaats, to lay a wreath at the statue of Willem van Oranje and Marnix van Sint-Aldegonde. There he made a speech, together with Dewinter, and then left again.

    “Islam and freedom do not go together”, according to Wilders. The resistance against Islam in Europe is clearly a priority for both Wilders and Vlaams Belang. “We do not provoke, Islam provokes,” said Dewinter. “They provoke with every additional mosque, every headscarf in our city.”

    According to Dewinter it is high time that Antwerp looked a little more to the Netherlands and less to the south. “Antwerp must be the southernmost city of the Netherlands, not the northernmost of Islam.”

    “Our heads of government are also responsible for the attacks in Europe,” said Wilders. The European leaders never make choices in support of their own people, but rather for themselves and for fortune seekers and migrants. Our own people are discriminated against in reverse.” He also warned that “if Antwerp falls, all of Europe falls.”

    During the visit, Marjon Jongbloed, a Dutch resident of Antwerp who was in sixth place for Vlaams Belang in the upcoming municipal elections, was also presented. “She is actually a candidate from Geert Wilders on our list”, Dewinter explained.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Why does Switzerland’s UN representative want open borders?

    Jürg Lauber, the representative of Switzerland at the UN, was instrumental in writing The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, together with the representative from Mexico.

    Orban: ‘Europe without nations will cease to exist’

    HelsinkiEurope would lose its spiritual and cultural identity without its nations, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban told his audience at a European People’s Party (EPP) congress in Helsinki on Thursday.

    Salvini already has a plan to cut Italy’s debt

    RomeThe European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said at Monday's Eurogroup meeting with Economy Minister Giovanni Tria, that Italy needs to cut its high debt, EU sources said on Wednesday. The country's Interior Minister already has a plan.

    Dutch daily exposes cross-border grooming gangs

    AntwerpThe Dutch chapter of aid an organisation dealing with underage prostitution is working together with the Flemish municipality of Antwerp to tackle the increase in human trafficking and grooming gangs.

    Marine Le Pen beats Macron in latest poll

    ParisSovereignist parties secured a combined 30 percent of support in the latest poll with Marine Le Pen’s National Rally ahead of French President Emmanuel Macron’s party for the European Parliament elections.

    UK war propaganda outfit to move to The Netherlands

    The HagueThe pro-war British research collective Bellingcat is planning to expand into the Netherlands and to open a permanent office in The Hague, DutchNews.nl reported on Friday.

    French politician attacks UN Global Compact: ‘Time for change!’

    BrusselsNicolas Bay, member of the European parliament and co-president of the group “Europe of Nations and Freedom” gave an exclusive comment to FreeWestMedia on the “Global Compact for Migration”.

    French magazine outlines new hyperviolence linked to immigration

    ParisOne of France’s leading conservative news magazines has highlighted the "denial, abandonment and powerlessness" of the French state faced with hordes of foreigners who do not fit in and do not want to become French.

    Germany: Horror rapes and sexual assaults

    Yet another horror rape case in the Bavarian capital Munich, has caused outrage in Germany. Once again, the suspects are foreigners, asylum seekers from Afghanistan. Sadly, it is one of many such cases.

    AfD a clear winner in German regional election

    FrankfurtThe clear winner in Hesse's state elections this weekend was the AfD. Unlike the Greens and the FDP, the AfD now sits in all 16 state parliaments - five and a half years after its founding in Hesse's Oberursel.

    Go to archive