Is Holland still a free country? Geert Wilders is waiting to find out:
Wilders has told a court that his trial for alleged hate speech is a “charade, a disgrace for the Netherlands, a mockery for our society”.
In a televised statement on the last day of the trial, he said that if he was convicted “millions of Dutch citizens will be convicted with me”.
Wilders observed that many Dutch “want their country back” and “are sick and tired of not being listening to.”
If convicted, he faces a fine and a year in prison. The verdict is due next month.
His supposed crime:
[H]e asked supporters if they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans” in the Netherlands.
After supporters chanted back “fewer”, he replied: “We’ll organise that.”
In the context of Islamic immigration having gotten out of control, with massive waves of largely welfare-dependent colonists pouring into the country and displacing the native population, this hardly represents a fringe point of view.
If Wilders ends up in jail, this could be the real reason:
The Netherlands will hold a general election in March and some opinion polls suggest Mr Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) is a close second behind Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s liberal VVD, or even slightly ahead.
It isn’t easy to win elections from behind bars.
On a tip from Bodhisattva.