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Netherlands moves to ban extreme-right party

November 19, 1997

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) _ In a rare move for this politically tolerant nation, the Dutch justice minister launched a legal battle this week to ban an anti-foreigner party notorious for its Nazi salutes.

Justice Minister Winnie Sorgdrager condemned the extreme-right Center Party ’86 for its ``systematic and serious disruption of the democratic process″ in a letter to Parliament, her spokesman said Wednesday.

She wants the party outlawed and has asked prosecutors to do so, Sorgdrager spokesman Wiebe Alkema said. A court will decide whether such a ban is legal.

``This is a load of rubbish ... it’s a political conspiracy to get rid of us,″ said Stewart Mordaunt, chairman of the 500-member party known as CP ’86.

CP ’86, whose party slogan is ``Our Own People First,″ is among several small far-right political parties in the Netherlands. It has no seats in Parliament, but it does hold a few seats in local councils.

The party blames the influx of asylum seekers for all of the country’s ills.

In September, the Dutch Supreme Court upheld lower court verdicts that convicted CP ’86 members of inciting racial hatred, disseminating racist pamphlets and disturbing public order.

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