Dutch anti-Islam campaigner Geert Wilders on Monday refused to bow to pressure from other MPs to distance himself from the recent spell of anti-refugee violence.

'Politicians and the press can drop dead,' Wilders said on Twitter. 'Distance yourself from your cowardice and betrayal of the Netherlands to Islam. Suckers.'

Wilders has previously issued statements rejecting the violence at protests about plans to locate refugee centres in several Dutch towns.

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