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Dutch Far-Right Politician Resigns Over Racist, Anti-Moroccan Remarks

Taroudant, Morocco- The Dutch parliamentarian and former tax adviser Roland van Vliet, member of the far-right Party for Freedom, resigned from the party on Thursday over the latest comments of Geert Wilders against Moroccans during an election night rally.

The party  “is on a slippery slope … It was time for me to have an examination of conscience about what is going on with the party,” wrote the far-right Dutch MP, Roland van Vliet, in a letter of resignation from the parliamentary group of his party, addressed to Geert Wilders.

 During a party gathering on Wednesday night, Wilders asked a crowd of followers, “whether they wanted more, or fewer Moroccans, both in their city and in the country as a whole.” The supporters chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” then Wilders responded, “I’ll take care of that” with a big smile on his face.

The anti-Moroccan chant sparked uproar among social media users.

A Facebook page named “Ik doe aangifte tegen Wilders” (I am reporting Wilders) gained popularity with 86,775 likes so far since it has been launched on Wednesday.

Dutch Moroccans and other human right activists have responded with a selfie campaign on twitter using the Hashtag #bornhere.

According to the Independent, “A number of national organizations supporting the interests of Moroccan Dutch people (Samenwerkingsverband van Marokkaanse Nederlanders and Landelijk Beraad Marokkanen) have called on the public to report the politician for discrimination and spreading hatred.”

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