Wat wil Wilders teken de petitie tegen de PVV

Geert Wilders consistently refuses any talk or debate with his opponents outside the Dutch Parliament. This makes it impossible to have a two-sided and balanced public debate about his controversial remarks. Critical remarks to Wilders are being labelled by him as “demonisation”.




Wilders refuses debate

"The PVV leader categorically declines any invitation, we learned by talking to organisations and television programmes that are related to the islam or multicultural matters".
De Volkskrant, 4 March 2008

"I do that [declining the invitation], not because I don't want any dialogue, but because a debate is not possible. Then there is no use."
Geert Wilders, Algemeen Dagblad, 18 August 2007 [talking about an invitation to talk to the Dutch Muslim Council]

"There is no moderate mainstream of [islamic] speakers, imams and science people. Not in The Netherlands, not in Europe, not in the Middle-East. Even if a process of moderation will start happening, it will surely take another thousand years."
Geert Wilders, De Volkskrant, 7 October 2006

"I have phoned Geert Wilders three times and tried to get into contact with him. Every time I get a secretary on the phone telling me that Mr. Wilders is too busy. (..) Wilders and I know eachother, I just want to talk to him.''
Leading Rabbi Abraham Soetendorp, Wereldomroep (Dutch World Broadcasting Service), 15 February 2009

"Geert Wilders wants to talk about, but not with Antillians. The controversial politician keeps the organisation MAAPP for Antillians in The Netherlands waiting for two months now for his reply to a request for a meeting."
René Zwart in Antilliaans Dagblad, 8 May 2007

"Wilders carefully avoids the possibility of any image that might show him being nice and kind to people who could be muslim."
NPS editor Frans Jennekens, De Volkskrant, 4 March 2008

"We first invited Mr. Wilders and later other PVV MPs, but nobody wanted to come."
Secretaris Harun Yildirim, Dutch Multicultural Studenten Union, Volkskrant 4 March 2008

"We are not going to help you."
Answer from Wilders' secretary to the request to Geert Wilders to appear in the TV programme "The Girls from Halal", De Volkskrant 4 March 2008

"Do you agree that inside the walls of a Dutch university, which is supposed to be a safe haven for freedom of speech, no stigmatising and demonising meetings should be held?"
Parliamentarian questions by Martin Bosma (PVV) to the Minister of Education, regarding the public debate “What is the answer to Geert Wilders?” by Nederland Bekent Kleur, 16 March 2007


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