It won’t be the first time he faces a court on “hate speech” charges.
From the UK Daily Mail (hat tip: Brad):
Dutch far-right populist lawmaker Geert Wilders is be tried for inciting racial hatred after pledging in March to ensure there were ‘fewer Moroccans’ in the Netherlands, prosecutors said Thursday.
‘The public prosecutor in The Hague is to prosecute Geert Wilders on charges of insulting a group of people based on race and incitement to discrimination and hatred,’ prosecutors said in a statement.
The case centres on comments Wilders made at a March 19 rally after local elections.
He asked his followers whether they wanted ‘fewer or more Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?’
When the crowd shouted ‘Fewer! Fewer!’ a smiling Wilders answered: ‘We’re going to organise that.’
Wilders adamant—will not retract anything!
In a written statement, Wilders says he ‘said what millions of people think and believe.’
Wilders says authorities ‘should concentrate on prosecuting jihadis instead of me.’
‘I do not retract anything I have said,’ Wilders, whose Party for Freedom (PVV) is leading opinion polls.
‘In my fight for freedom and against the Islamisation 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.
The far-right is on the rise across Europe, fed by disillusionment with the establishment, economic hardship and worries over immigration.
In Sweden’s neighbour Denmark, the Danish People’s Party has seen its support soar on a platform of tight immigration, tougher punishment for criminals and more welfare spending, apparently on track to become the country’s biggest party.
Americans pay attention! Cherish and hold on to our free speech rights—the only hope we have to save America!