John Cody, Remix, December 7, 2022
After riots broke out across Europe following Morocco’s World Cup victory over Spain on penalties, Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who leads the Party for Freedom (PVV) party, posted an illustration on Twitter depicting an airplane conducting deportations to Morocco.
“Out with the criminal scum,” the post from Wilders reads, with the politician depicted looking on while the plane, which features the Moroccan flag, takes off, presumably to deport Moroccan migrants residing in the Netherlands.
Wilders’ post was in response to reports that Moroccan fans were once again rioting in the Netherlands. On Tuesday night, Spain also experienced large-scale rioting from its Moroccan population, including in Bilbao and Reus. However, riots were seen in France, Belgium, and even Italy. In many European cities, Moroccan fans set cars on fire, looted stores, and attacked police.
The riots in the Netherlands saw police being attacked in Amsterdam and the Hague. However, it was not the first time Morocco’s World Cup victories turned into mayhem on the streets. The Netherlands has seen riots each time Morocco has won in the World Cup, including after Morocco’s victory against neighboring Belgium last month.
Apart from Belgium and France, young Moroccan fans also rioted in Netherlands tonight.
Clashes took place with the riot police in Amsterdam after Morocco defeated against Spain and advanced to the next stage of the World Cup.
— Visegrád 24 (@visegrad24) December 6, 2022
Wilders is currently leading in a number of polls, with his PVV party scoring 21 percent in a November poll from Peil polling. The Dutch politician is known for his opposition to Islam and mass immigration.