A Flemish nationalist politician in Belgium said he and his daughter have received death threats after she posed in a Muslim veil and bikini as part of his “Women Against Islamization” campaign.
Filip Dewinter, head of the far-right Vlaams Belang — or “Flemish Interest” party — used a photo of his 19-year-old daughter An-Sofie wearing only a niqab — a face-covering Islamic veil — and cloak over her swimsuit-clad body in the campaign earlier this month, the Daily Mailreported. Across her chest is the message “Freedom or Islam?“ and ”You choose!” over her hips.
According to NBC News, Vlaams Belang advocates strict immigration limits and believes new arrivals to the country should adopt the Flemish language and culture.
The point of the campaign, the Daily Mail said, is to convince Belgian women to take a stand against Islam:
Ms Dewinter told the Belgian press she does not feel used by the party.
She said: ‘I’ve suggested (the poster) myself, I have learned to live with it but I have had everything up to death threats made at me.’
She said that she ‘ wanted to make this statement.’
She added: ‘What is the greatest contrast with a niqab? Nude.
‘The campaign fits in perfectly with how I feel about the whole issue. As women, we must choose: freedom or Islam.’
Since the campaign started, Filip Dewinter told Fox News, he and An-Sofie have received hate mail and death threats.
“There were some threats, yes of course, and I’m very worried about them,” he said. “But nevertheless if nobody speaks up — she’s a grown up girl, she’s 20 years old.”
For her part, An-Sofie seemed to brush off any possible danger.
“It doesn’t scare me,” she told Fox News. “I don‘t think they’re serious. I hope not.”