Wednesday 28 September 2016

Dutch politician Geert Wilders hands out self-defence sprays to women

Published 23/01/2016 | 13:11

Geert Wilders handing out
Geert Wilders handing out "self-defence sprays" (AP)

Dutch firebrand politician Geert Wilders has been handing out self-defence sprays to women fearful of what he describes as "Islamic testosterone bombs" in the wake of the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.

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Freedom Party leader Wilders, surrounded by bodyguards and police, visited a market in the largely blue-collar town of Spijkenisse on Saturday to hand out the sprays, which contained red paint.

Dozens of supporters turned out for the largely symbolic action, while a small group of protesters chanted and waved placards including one that read, "Refugees are welcome, racism is not."

The publicity stunt fits into Wilders' uncompromising anti-immigrant, anti-Islam rhetoric that has propelled him to the top of Dutch opinion polls, just over a year away from parliamentary elections.

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