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Dutch politician Geert Wilders hands out self-defence sprays to women

Published 23/01/2016

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Geert Wilders handing out "self-defence sprays" (AP)

Dutch firebrand politician Geert Wilders has been handing out self-defence sprays to women fearful of what he describes as "Islamic testosterone bombs" in the wake of the New Year's Eve sexual assaults in Cologne.

Freedom Party leader Wilders, surrounded by bodyguards and police, visited a market in the largely blue-collar town of Spijkenisse on Saturday to hand out the sprays, which contained red paint.

Dozens of supporters turned out for the largely symbolic action, while a small group of protesters chanted and waved placards including one that read, "Refugees are welcome, racism is not."

The publicity stunt fits into Wilders' uncompromising anti-immigrant, anti-Islam rhetoric that has propelled him to the top of Dutch opinion polls, just over a year away from parliamentary elections.

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