The board of the youth organization Forum for Democracy (JFVD) has dismissed a number of coordinators from their positions after reporting on anti-Semitic and homophobic messages in app groups.
Three prominent party members have also been asked to investigate “how to better prevent this in the future,” said a statement shared on Facebook. The number of coordinators involved and where they were active is not stated.
“I want to emphasize that racist and anti-Semitic ideas have no place in our association,” says JFVD chairman Freek Jansen, who is on the candidate list for the parliamentary elections. “We stand behind the election program of FvD and therefore NOT behind the things we are now associated with.”
The youth organization says it has spoken extensively with those involved. “They throw the allegations far from themselves. They distance themselves from the allegations and argue that they are quotes out of context.” The JFVD board says it is shocked by “some reports” and the coordinators have been removed from their functions “in the interest of the party”.
Het Parool reported yesterday that it has screenshots of extreme right-wing statements. A coordinator in South Holland is said to have shared a link to a video with the SS motto ‘Loyalty is my honour‘.
In May, FvD expelled three young people for “unacceptable statements” in WhatsApp groups. Earlier this week, it was announced that the youth organization had expelled at least three whistleblowers who warned against right-wing extremist ideas among party members.