According to Deputy Prime Minister Lodewijk Asscher, the PVV "crossed a new line" by "clearly and unambiguously" stating that "Muslims do not have the same rights as other Dutch citizens". During the budget debate on Thursday, he called the statements of PVV Parliamentarian Machiel de Graaf "reprehensible".

Asscher made his disapproval clear about the proposition that mosques have to be closed. "It can not be that a country with this constitution, is a country where all mosques are closed and the borders are closed to people from Muslim countries", the minister said.

"Mister de Graaf creates the impression that he knows all kinds of suras by heart, but he has no idea what should be all important in this house, namely our constitution," says Asscher.

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