Dutch anti-Islam politician, Geert Wilders was found guilty of inciting racial discrimination on Friday for asking supporters if they wanted ‘fewer or more Moroccans’ in Holland, in what was the climax to a highly publicized case in Schiphol.
In court, the judge called his behaviour “unworthy” of a politician, and said there was no question that the case was political, as Wilders claimed.
The case, which has taken 20 months to reach a verdict, comes three months before Dutch general elections and Wilders’ PVV is currently leading in some polls.
Wilders quickly released a video message, in English and Dutch, slamming the judgment and vowing to appeal. “Today, I was convicted in a political trial which, shortly before the elections, attempts to neutralize the leader of the largest and most popular opposition party,” Wilders said. “They will not succeed.” Full Article
Wilders’ popularity has surged since the verdict, and if Brexit and Trump’s November victory are anything to go by, the next scalp could be the Netherlands’ progressive elite. Read More