The board of the youth of Forum for Democracy (JFVD) on Saturday removed some coordinators who were involved in sharing anti-Semitic and homophobic messages in app groups from their positions.

This was done in the interest of the party, JFVD reports Saturday evening in a statement.

It is not known how many coordinators are involved.

Furthermore, the youth department of the party promises to come up with an investigation into the reports.

The JFVD board has asked Paul Cliteur, Olaf Ephraim and Wybren van Haga to do this.

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reported on Saturday that it had screenshots of app groups and messages on an Instagram account showing the anti-Semitic and homophobic statements.

The newspaper has also held discussions with anonymous sources.

Various coordinators would have expressed Nazi sympathies in app groups.

For example, a 23-year-old student, who was recently appointed coordinator of the South Holland branch of the party, is said to have made statements such as "Jews have international pedo networks and help women en masse into pornography" and "National socialism contains the best economic formula ever ".

Relevant coordinators reject allegations

The JFVD board says it is shocked by the message and says it has spoken extensively with those involved.

They have rejected the allegations and distance themselves from the allegations.

They argue that the quotes have been taken out of context.

"I want to emphasize that racist and anti-Semitic ideas have no place in our association. We are behind the election program of FVD and therefore not behind the things with which we are now associated," said JFVD chairman Freek Jansen.

In May, the political party expelled three more members for "unacceptable statements", but according to

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, five whistleblowers were also ordered to leave because they had damaged the reputation of the party.