December 19, 2014
I know a lot of people don’t like Geert because he is so pro-Jew – I get these complaints. But look – this is nuts. It is hatespeech to say you want less people from a certain group – not even a racial group, but a group of nationals.
The public prosecutor in The Hague will begin legal proceedings against the far-right politician Geert Wilders “on charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred,” prosecutors announced Thursday. No date has yet been set for the trial.
The charges are based on remarks made by Wilders on March 19 at a rally during local elections.
He asked his followers whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?”
To shouts of “Fewer! Fewer!” from the crowd, Wilders told them “We’ll take care of that.”
The incident led to 6,400 legal complaints being lodged against Wilders. Criticism was even voiced within his own Party for Freedom (PVV), which is leading opinion polls in the Netherlands and is currently the country’s fourth largest political party.
“Politicians may go far in their statements, that’s part of freedom of expression, but this freedom is limited by the prohibition of discrimination,” a prosecution statement said.
In a statement to the charges earlier this month, Wilders said that he did not retract any of his comments. “In my fight for freedom and against the Islamicisation of the Netherlands, I will never let anyone silence me. No matter the cost, no matter by whom, whatever the consequences may be,” he said.
This ruling will presumably set a precedent, but they are already charging anyone who says anything at all against any of these privileged groups.
I say let it get more crazy. Eventually the whole thing is just going to stop functioning.