Onafhankelijke Burger Partij

Onafhankelijke Burger Partij
Onafhankelijke Burger Partij
Founder Hero Brinkman

April 24, 2012

November 17th, 2012
Dissolved June 19, 2012 (re-founded on November 17th)
Split from Party for Freedom
Merged into Democratic Political Turning Point (dissolved on November 17th)
Ideology Conservative liberalism, soft Euroscepticism, anti-Islam, populism[1]
Political position Right-wing
European affiliation None
International affiliation None
European Parliament group None
Colours Orange

The Onafhankelijke Burger Partij (English: Independent Citizens' Party, OBP) is a political party in the Netherlands. The party was founded by Hero Brinkman, a Member of the House of Representatives for the Party for Freedom (PVV). Brinkman left the Party for Freedom after he had repeatedly criticised the lack of democracy within the party as well as their negative generalisations about certain groups in society. He founded the Independent Citizens' Party and was going to participate in the Dutch general election of 2012 but on June 9, 2012 he announced that the Independent Citizens' Party was merging with the Trots op Nederland party to form a new party; the Democratic Political Turning Point.[2][3] However, Trots op Nederland announced on November 17th that the merger with the Onafhankelijke Burger Partij to the Democratisch Politiek Keerpunt would become dissolved because the Trots' management was unsatisfied.


  1. Andeweg, R. and G. Irwin Politics and Governance in the Netherlands, Basingstoke (Palgrave) p.49
  2. (English) Hero Brinkman quits the PVV, opposition call for new elections, DutchNews.nl, March 20, 2012
  3. (English) New DPKP party marks a 'turning point', will fill gap on the right, DutchNews.nl, June 19, 2012
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