Philip Dewinter, leder af det nationalistiske, anti-immigrations parti Vlaams Belang, sagde i Gazet van Antwerpen i Mandags:
“If I lose my political rights in Belgium, I will seek political asylum in the Netherlands if necessary.”
His statements come in anticipation of the parliamentary debate on Wednesday on a proposed bill from Justice Minister Laurette Onkelinx.
The permanent committee for justice will debate a bill that could make it possible to deny both corrupt officials and citizens their civil liberties if convicted of racism.
“After the condemnation of the Vlaams Blok and the amendment to the law on party financing, this is the third initiative from the liberal-social coalition to murder the VB politically,” Dewinter said. “If this law is passed I may become its first victim.”
Dewinter was referring to a case brought against him by the Council of State after a comment in American magazine Jewish Week. When asked why Antwerp’s Jews should vote for a xenophobic party he said:
“We have no hate whatsoever for foreigners, but if it must be called a phobia, rather Islamophobia. Yes, I do fear Islam.”