Dutch paedophile party lacks support
Thursday Oct 5 06:34 AEST
A political party formed by Dutch paedophiles is unlikely to gather sufficient support to run in general elections next month.
The Brotherly Love, Freedom and Diversity party (PNVD) probably will not succeed in gathering the 570 signatures from supporters needed by October 10 to run in the national elections, the party's secretary Norbert de Jonge said.
The party was launched in May and its campaign for a cut in the age of consent from 16 to 12, and the legalisation of child pornography and sex with animals has provoked widespread outrage within and outside the Netherlands.
The party managed to attract more than 100 sympathisers on its website, although several withdrew their support.
"They are afraid that their windows will be smashed, just as happened yesterday to our chairman," De Jonge said.
The PNVD says it wants to lift the taboo on paedophilia which it has said has intensified since the 1996 Marc Dutroux child abuse scandal in neighbouring Belgium.
In July, a Dutch court rejected a bid by a children's rights group to have the party banned, saying it was protected by democratic freedoms and judges could not take lightly a decision to ban a political party.
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