Dr. Joseph P. Farrell
December 12, 2016
In the Netherlands, a blow may have been struck against the rising tide of “populism” as a Dutch court convicted Geert Wilders, popular opposition leader who has been challenging the rising tide of Islamic immigration to Europe. Here’s the story as reported by Reuters:
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Judges on Friday convicted Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders of discrimination against Moroccans but levied no punishment in a ruling that could influence elections just three months away.
It was the first time that Wilders, whose anti-Islam comments have forced him to live under 24-hour protection for a decade, has been convicted for his outspoken views.
Wilders, who is leading in some polls before national parliamentary elections on March 15, said he would appeal the “totally insane” verdict and accused the court of bias.
The charges against Wilders stem from a 2014 campaign rally, when he led a group of supporters to chant they wanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” Moroccans in the Netherlands. A smiling Wilders concluded: “we’re going to take care of that.”
Reading the decision of a three-judge panel, Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said “no one is above the law”, including politicians. Wilder had planned the inflammatory remarks beforehand and insulted the entire group of people of Moroccan origin in the Netherlands, he said.
“If a politician crosses the line, that doesn’t mean free speech is being restricted,” he said. “A crime cannot be protected by the right to free speech.”
In a videotaped response to the verdict, which he did not attend in person, Wilders said: “I will never be silenced”.
He said the ruling was an attempt to “neutralize the leader of the largest and most popular opposition party in the Netherlands.”
Moroccan-Dutch organizations welcomed the verdict for drawing a clear line about the limits of free speech.
“This ruling protects minorities in our country from the racist poison that is seeping into our society,” said anti-discriminatiin platform NBK, which previously filed a failed lawsuit against Wilder in 2007.
Once again, the establishment and corporate controlled media is completely blind to what Mr. Wilders has been saying: questioning the core concepts of Islam is not “racism”, especially when Mr. Wilders has taken especial care to make clear he is not opposing Islamic immigration, but rather, Islamicization of European culture by a refusal to acknowledge secular law. For example…
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