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Twitter Suspends Account of Dutch Right-Wing Politician Wilders

Twitter has temporarily suspended the Party of Freedom of the Netherlands (PVV) leader Geert Wilders’ account, due to a tweet he posted about the political party Democrats 66 (D66), according to screenshots posted by other PVV members.

“Unbelievable, a Twitter block for criticising [D66 leader Rob] Jetten”, Wilders said, adding “Temporarily with the threat added that it can be made permanent. Senders of death threats to me are often tolerated by Twitter, but a factual tweet from me about a colleague is not. Madness”.

The contradictory tweet read: “Let’s always stand up against the D66 dorks who leave the borders open and import more and more Islam only to then cry crocodile tears about the consequences, such as anti-Semitism, honour killings, female circumcision, terrorism, and hatred”.

Last November, the Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation (TICF) sent a letter to Twitter demanding a “permanent ban” of Wilders “due to continuous publications on his Twitter account of messages, images and other content which is a display of hateful conduct”.

In 2018, Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch Party for Freedom (PVV) introduced a proposal in the parliament to ban public expressions of the Islamic faith. The plan was rejected.