Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders is a "populist who can become a modern fascist", says Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, who has won this year's Nobel Prize for Literature. "It is not an explicit form of the old fascism but something that moves in that direction."
Mr Vargas Llosa was speaking in the Dutch city of Tilburg, where he gave a lecture called "The return of the monsters". He insisted the need for ordinary people to stop developments towards fascism. "We have the power that a democratic culture gives us. We ourselves become responsible if we allow such monsters to win."
Asked about Mr Wilders' anti-Islam stance, Mr Vargas Llosa underlined that it is unacceptable to criticise Muslims as a group. "In Iraq, terrorist attacks by the fanatics of al-Qaeda have killed many, many Muslims. There are many more Muslim victims than Western ones."
With reference to Holland's past as an "open society", Mr Vargas Llosa also criticised the support the liberal VVD and the Christian Democrats have accepted from the PVV to form a minority government. He said it was unacceptable that "in the name of pragmatism, a democratic party renounces the principles of democracy and becomes a supporter or an accomplice of totalitarian and authoritarian ideas."
Mr Vargas Llosa will receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in Stockholm on 10 December.