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Several Forum for Democracy prominent people leave the party.

It concerns Annabel Nanninga, Nicki Pouw-Verweij, Joost Eerdmans and Eva Vlaardingerbroek, they say in a statement on Thursday evening.

Board member and secretary Astrid de Groot will also leave the party.

At a local level, Amsterdam FVD councilor Kevin Kreuger will stop and most Flevoland and Overijssel members of parliament split from the party, regional media report.

"Today we have decided to end our membership for Forum for Democracy", Nanninga, Pouw-Verweij, Eerdmans and Vlaardingerbroek say in their joint statement.

The main reason for their decision is that they do not want to be a member "of a party that tolerates extremist views".

The ex-party members say they are disappointed in Thierry Baudet, who, according to them, was "unpredictable" and "solo".

According to them, internal criticism has yielded nothing.

The statement concludes: "Although we understand the difficult choice faced by the board, we regret that they have thrown in the towel. We wish all nice, good and enthusiastic FVD'ers who did the best for have a lot of wisdom in their own considerations with the Netherlands. "

Later Thursday evening, secretary Astrid de Groot also appears to be leaving the party.

Earlier, three board members already announced that they have filed a complaint against Baudet, because they no longer have access to the party's IT systems and social media accounts.

On the board, Baudet only enjoys the support of Olaf Ephraim.

See also: From critical article to total chaos: this happened in five days at FVD

Several FVD'ers already left this week

The unrest at Forum arose when

Het Parool

reported on Saturday about anti-Semitic statements in app groups by members of the youth branch of the party, the JFVD.

Baudet found an internal investigation into the apps initially sufficient, but decided on Monday to give up his position as party leader.

A day later, Baudet also gave up his position as party chairman, but then announced on his own initiative that he would be holding a new party leader election.

The party board considered expelling him.

The gap between the administration and Baudet had definitely become too wide for reconciliation.

Baudet also realized this and proposed on Thursday to split the party in two.


Baudet still returns: 'Attempt to commit character murder'

Several FVD'ers critical or left

Several representatives of FVD have been critical of Baudet's actions in recent days.

For example, Pouw-Verweij told

De Telegraaf

that he feared that Baudet has radicalized and believes in conspiracy theories.

Baudet denies these allegations.

Several other party leaders left earlier this week.

For example, Theo Hiddema declared himself "politically incapacitated for work" and immediately left the House of Representatives.

The same day, Senator Paul Cliteur, known as Baudet's mentor, also resigned.

'A party where Nazism is protected is not my party'

The party leaders who left the party on Thursday came with their own statements in addition to their joint statement about their decision to leave the party.

"It ends here," Nanninga writes on Twitter.

"A party where Nazism is protected and constructive internal criticism is systematically punished is not my party", the Amsterdam city councilor said.

Pouw-Verweij says "unfortunately it sees no other choice" than to cancel its membership.

"A lower moral limit has been reached for me, and I can no longer defend this to myself."

Eerdmans expresses his gratitude for the support he has received from sympathizers.

Vlaardingerbroek only refers to the published statement for the interpretation of the decision.

It ends here.

A party where Nazism is protected and constructive internal criticism is systematically punished is not my party.

However, I will continue with a clear conscience in the Senate, city council and States, for the people who voted on the FvD program!


Avatar AuthorANanningaMoment of places18: 21 - 26 November 2020

Members of Parliament from Flevoland and Overijssel break with the party

There is also an exodus at FVD in Flevoland.

Five of the six FVD States members resign there.

Group chairman Gert-Jan Ransijn told

Omroep Flevoland on

Thursday evening

that the five "have no confidence that the board of FVD will solve the crisis surrounding Thierry Baudet".

In addition to Ransijn, Niek Beenen, Sharon de Lely, Eric Raap and Han Thomassen are leaving FVD.

Only Anton de Lange remains behind the party and Baudet.

In Overijssel, four of the five States members will resign,

De Stentor

writes on


The group says on Twitter that they are leaving "circus FVD".

This concerns faction leader Johan Almekinders, Stijn Hesselink, Johan Stuut and Frederik Tattersall.

Andreas Bakir will remain on behalf of the FVD.

The FVD in Amsterdam, which has 2 of the 45 seats in the city council, also broke ties with the FVD on Thursday evening.

The faction says that the intention of the party board to no longer expel Baudet is "the last straw".

However, the party will continue with their work "for a better and free Amsterdam."

After the further lack of a firm approach to extremism within JFVD last weekend and the shocking anti-Semitic and racist statements by Baudet at a dinner, the measure is full for us.

We leave the FVD and continue with 5 members of parliament for our Flevoland.


Avatar Author TransijnMoment of places18: 44 - November 26, 2020