Dutch right-wing populist Wilders returns to campaign trail

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) " Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders is returning to the campaign trail, days after cancelling events ahead of the country's March 15 election amid security concerns.

In a statement Wednesday, Wilders says voters want to meet him and he wants to meet them.

Security risks, he said "will be reduced to the minimum. I'm looking forward to it."

Last Thursday, Wilders suspended open campaigning in the wake of alleged leaks of sensitive information by a security official who is part of the team giving him round-the-clock protection. Wilders has been protected for years due to death threats.

Wilders, whose party is slipping in polls but remains on track to make big gains, says he will hand out flyers in three Dutch cities, take part in debates and give interviews in Dutch media.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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