Looking at Dutch polls, Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV) is the “Netherlands Politician of the Year in the Hague Parliament.” This despite a Kafkaesque trial, now set for March 2016, brought by Hague Prosecutors on trumped up charges of alleged hate speech, “fewer Moroccans”, at March 12 and 19, 2015 local election campaign rallies.
In the U.S., Wilders’ remarks are protected speech under our First Amendment.
Never mind, the Dutch elitists are out for blood this time with the equivalent of a hanging judge proceeding, not even allowing, depositions. The goal of the Hague prosecutors and the judiciary is to embarrass Wilders by convicting him for alleged hate speech and perhaps slapping him with a large fine; e.g., 250,000 Euros. However, the Dutch elitists may have been upended by the continuing riots in refugee reception centers in Holland; a demonstration of why Wilders has argued about a ‘pause’ in mass migration from Syria and other predominately Muslim countries in disarray in the Ummah. Dutch PM Rutte and his ruling coalition are embarrassed by Syrian refugees angrily rejecting their kind welcome.
Better the Dutch elitists should follow the example of the Central European countries of Slovakia and now Czechoslovakia letting in Iraqi Christians who face extinction in the face of death threats from ISIS.
Note these Tweets from Wilders about today’s Dutch polls showing the PVV head and shoulders above current PM Rote’s VVD party, if a hypothetical Parliamentary snap election was held.
Note this biased NL Times story on the trial date set by the Hague Prosecutors, “Geert Wilders trial for inciting hatred to start on March 18”:
The trial of PVV leader Geert Wilders on charges of inciting racism and hatred will start on March 18 with a procedural hearing, The Hague’s district court said on Friday. The hearing will focus on the investigation into the charges against Wilders and set dates for witness appearances and the rest of the trial. Wilders faces prosecution for his comments about Moroccan nationals on March 12 and 19, 2015, during and after the local election campaign.
In March, Wilders told supporters in Loosduinen that he would rather there were ‘fewer Moroccans’ in The Hague.
Seven days later, during a post vote meeting with supporters, Wilders asked the crowd ‘and do you want more or fewer Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?’ To which the crowd chanted ‘fewer, fewer, fewer’. ‘We’ll arrange that,’ Wilders said, smiling, when the chanting died down. The comments led to over 6,400 complaints to the police and a slew of resignations from the PVV.
The last laugh may be on both the Rutte ruling coalition and the Hague prosecutors, should the failure to rein in continuing riots in Dutch refugee centers lead to a vote of no confidence. That might be followed by a possible snap election in advance of the 2017 general elections.
Dutch voters just might give the nod to Wilders to form a new coalition if requested by King Willem –Alexander.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in the New English Review.