Geert Wilders was today convicted of ‘hate speech’ in what can only be described as a show trial in the Netherlands.
Mr Wilders is one of Europe’s most prominent nationalist politicians and the most popular politician in his native Netherlands by quite a distance based on the latest opinion polls. He leads the Partij Voor de Vrijheid (PVV/Party for Freedom) who are out in front of the polls ahead of the next Dutch election, due to be held in March 2017. The PVV and Wilders in particular have spoken out about the problem with Islam in the Netherlands and the wider European continent, as well as the threats posed to the Dutch people by mass-immigration, something the mainstream politicians are afraid to discuss.
Wilders has some good proposals should his party win next year’s election, such as banning the Koran, shutting down Mosques, deporting criminals with dual nationality and shutting Dutch borders to further mass-immigration from the third world. He is also a long-time Eurosceptic and supporter of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, and has promised the Dutch people a referendum on the matter as part of his party’s manifesto pledges. How much of this he will be able to achieve is questionable, due to the likelihood that his party will govern as the major player of a coalition after the elections and will have to make concessions in order to hold the key positions of power.
For a long time now and, as with other populist/radical politicians across the European continent, the establishment has been trying to shut Wilders down and prevent him from speaking out against the multicultural agenda. This time, the PVV leader was put on trial for an incident in 2014 when he asked a crowd of supporters if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in their country, to which the crowd responded in unison ‘Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!’. Considering the influx of Moroccan immigrants that the Netherlands have seen over recent years, it is a perfectly reasonable point of political debate. Besides, it’s not the question that was the problem for the politically over-correct judges, but the answer. If a left-wing politician had asked the same question to his/her supporters, with the inevitable answer of ‘More more more’, nobody would have considered it even news-worthy, let alone a criminal offence.
It is typical of the political climate in Europe these days, as there have been a series of incidents of political figures being arrested, charged and sometimes convicted for simply voicing what millions of their supporters think. In France, Marine Le Pen was on trial earlier in the year for comparing Muslims praying in the street to the Nazi occupation of the 1940’s, whilst in Denmark a politician from the Danish People’s Party was charged with ‘inciting hatred’ for handing out pepper spray to local women and girls after a series of rapes in the country committed by migrants.
The right to free speech is quite rightly highlighted as being under threat by recent events in the Netherlands, but more importantly it is the right as a politician to voice what your electorate thinks that is under threat. Elected officials should not only have a right to voice their supporters’ thoughts, but an obligation, yet this is seemingly being denied by those in power, showing that incidents such as the recent farce in the Netherlands can only be described as political show trials, used by the political elite in their last ditch attempts to hold onto power. It is not speech they are criminalising, but political views, therefore when they convict Geert Wilders they are effectively convicting the 3 million or so Dutch who intend to vote for him next year. This will only cause greater resentment and outright hatred towards the political classes.
In any case, it is not as if Wilders was making throwaway comments or encouraging supporters of his to do the same. The Moroccan question is a really big issue in the Netherlands, for they do in fact have a big problem with this segment of the immigrant community. Moroccans are the largest immigrant community in the Netherlands, making up 10% of non-natives and 2.2% of the overall population of the country. The contribution this section of society makes to their new country is very poor indeed, marked by crime and over-representation in the nation’s welfare bill.
A report by the Gatestone Institute shows that 40% of male Moroccan immigrants between the ages of 12 and 24 have been arrested, whilst this figure rises to 50% in neighbourhoods where the majority of residents are of Moroccan descent. Over 60% of Moroccan youths drop out of school without any formal qualifications, which probably accounts for the fact that 60% of Moroccan males between the ages of 40 and 64 live on welfare handouts.
It is not as if the Dutch government isn’t trying to alter these appalling statistics. In 2009, the central government pledged to work to tackle delinquency in 22 so-called Moroccan municipalities, named as such for their high levels of Moroccan criminals. Since then, over €32 Million has been pumped into these regions, but this has failed to have any effect as in some instances, the crime rates have gone up. The government also introduced a scheme whereby ‘family coaches’ worked with youth criminals from the Moroccan immigrant communities supposedly to reduce crime. As it turned out, most of the ‘family coaches’ ended up being leftists who were more interested in preserving multiculturalism than reducing crime, so they taught the Moroccans how to avoid paying fines and incurring penalties for their criminality.
Based on this information, it is hard to see why any self-respecting Dutchman wouldn’t want fewer Moroccans in his or her country! They are delinquents who, in the main, leech off the Dutch taxpayer and commit crime at rates disproportionate to their population share. By attempting to prevent Geert Wilders from speaking out about this problem, the Dutch judiciary are in fact denying that there is a problem at all, exposing them for the disgraceful, treacherous proponents of multiculturalism that they really are.
But, change is coming. Since September 2015, Wilders’ PVV have been polling consistently ahead of the ruling conservative party and are on course to win around 35 seats (up from 12 at present) in the general election next March. The Dutch people have clearly had enough of the political correctness, multiculturalism and left-wing judicial activism that has infected most western nations over the last half a century or so, and will voice their disapproval with the current political consensus at the ballot box. Wilders is one of the most astute, in-touch political figures in all of Europe and, if the courts won’t acquit him, his voters surely will come March.
A victory for Geert Wilders will be a victory not just for the Netherlands, but also the wider European continent.