Well isn’t it interesting when the legal system contributes to the very thing it’s trying to gag. Last week the Dutch anti Muslim immigration/anti-EU Freedom Party’s (PVV) head Geert Wilders was charged and convicted of discrimination and fined €5,000. The court deemed his comments about Moroccan immigrants (who Gilders claimed were responsible for a disproportionate amount of crime and should be prevented from coming here) were inappropriate.
Well the court may have liked its decision but would be voters in next year’s elections certainly didn’t.
A poll ,conducted by the Maurice de Hond Institute, after the ruling showed if legislative elections due in March 2017 were held this week, Wilders’ PVV would pick up 36 out of 150 seats in the lower House of Parliament , making it the largest political party.
Before the trial began on October 31, the PVV was credited with 27 seats. During the trial it rose it rose to 34 seats. It currently has 12.
The poll also found that Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals would place second with 23 seats, against 40 today, and his junior coalition partners, the Labour Party (PvdA), would gain only 10 seats, compared with 35 today.
What it does show is that more people are sick and tired of being gagged. Wilders was acquitted of hate speech yet he struck a chord with many who don’t feel safe and are concerned their values and culture are being cast aside in the interests of diversity which seems to be a one way street.
I did find Merkel’s burka ban an interesting climb down from her “tolerance” rhetoric. The rise in crime since her open borders policy is becoming impossible to ignore. An EU parliament member’s daughter was raped and murdered by an Afghan refugee but was deemed to regional an incident to report in mainstream media. The Cologne New Year’s sexual assault cover up and most recently an innocent girl kicked down a flight of stairs by an asylum seeker. The problem is as much as German officials are trying to hide what is going on, the more people ‘experience’ such crime which goes against their culture of generosity the more they’ll reject it and certainly feel even more irate if the government goes out of its way to clamp down on hate speech on social media.
Perhaps Merkel should reconsider why such things are happening in the first place and why right wing extremist groups are taking the law into their own hands to do the job the people sworn to look after them fail to do rather than serve platitudes about cultural enrichment. No not all asylum seekers are bad but perhaps she should also realize that ignoring the problem impacts the good among them wanting genuine refuge. The rise of discontent will continue in Europe.
Good on Wilders for standing up for free speech. It seems more Dutch people take his word over the legal system. Let that sink in. The people want change, not a system that encourages them to deny their own identity to somehow gain acceptance.