>> The UN human rights chief accusing Donald Trump and Europe's far-right leaders of spreading humiliating racial and religious prejudice. Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein warning of a widespread rise of populist politics, one that could turn violent. His comments aimed at the U.S. Republican presidential candidate, the Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders, France's Marine Le Pen, the UK's Nigel Farage and other, quote, nationalist demagogues.
>> The humiliating racial and religious prejudice fanned by the likes of Mr. Wilders has become in some countries municipal or even national policy.>> Zeid accusing the politicians of using fear tactics and even going as far as likening their mode of communication with what he says are half-truths and oversimplification to the propaganda of Islamic State.
>> History has perhaps taught Mr. Wilders and his ilk how effectively xenophobia and bigotry can be weaponized. Communities will barricade themselves into fearful and hostile camps with populists like them and the extremists as the commandants. The atmosphere will become thick with hate. At this point it can descend rapidly into colossal violence.
We must pull back from this trajectory.>>
>> Wilders is currently leading opinion polls ahead of parliamentary elections in the Netherlands in March. His key campaign pledges, to close the country's border to Muslim immigrants, shut down mosques, and ban the Quran. He also wants to leave the European Union.