In a scrum of more press than supporters, Geert Wilders launched the far-right PVV campaign protesting about Moroccan 'scum' in a town near Rotterdam on Saturday.

For around an hour Wilders – complete with security guards, police, sniffer dogs, several protesters and reporters from all over the world – offered hands and selfies to 100 or so supporters.

In the first day of campaigning before March 15 general elections, Wilders' platinum hair bobbed in and out of security-hemmed supporters and PVV candidates in the party's stronghold of Spijkenisse.

Although Wilders was last year convicted of insulting Moroccans and inciting racial discrimination – a judgement he is appealing – he still had strong words for the Dutch ethnic minority he describes as a nationality rather than a race.

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