One of our Dutch contacts sent us an email this morning, apropos of the nascent anti-euro movement that includes the Partij voor de Vrijheid (Party for Freedom, PVV) and Front National (FN), with Sverigedemokraterna (The Sweden Democrats, SD) apparently soon to come on board:
I personally think the alliance of the PVV with Vlaams Belang, Front National, and Sverigedemokraterna makes the Euro left shiver with fear. All of them are now firmly democratic parties, all of them firmly reject the Euro and the EUSSR and all of them are vilified to almost unbelievable levels.
A fortnight ago the PVV organized a small demonstration in The Hague. About 2,000 participants showed up. Amongst them a few (five) extreme right wing misfits of Voorpost. They carried big “Prinsenvlaggen”.
Can you guess what happened? Of course you can…
Those five misfits were shown prominently on every news media present. The PVV was ignored as much as possible, and linked to right-wing extremism.
The Prinsenvlag is orange-white-(lighter) blue. For a while, this was promoted by the NSB (Nationaal-Socialistische Beweging, the Dutch fascists) to replace red-white-(dark) blue; at that time (late ’30s), the Dutch flag could be either. There is nothing extreme about this flag at all, but the association with the NSB tarred it forever. Of course, this is kept alive as much as possible: we have to have a bogey to fight against.
This morning’s news items also included (possibly coincidentally) this story about a renewed attempt to prosecute Geert Wilders, the leader of the PVV, for “incitement of hatred”:
Lawyer Wants Wilders’ Inciting Hatred Case Reconsidered
Lawyer Gerard Spong is to ask the High Court to reconsider the 2011 case against Geert Wilders for inciting hatred.
Spong was instrumental in getting the original case heard and was disappointed when Wilders was found not guilty.
Spong told tv programme Pauw & Witteman on Monday evening he has now asked the procurator general to take recourse in the interest of law, a special procedure in which the High Court in hindsight decides if a lower court has explained the law clearly and properly.
The ruling of the earlier case is not affected and there is no question of anti-Islam PVV party leader Wilders being punished.
The lawyer wants a clear ruling on whether Wilders was guilty of discrimination and inciting hatred with an eye to future similar cases, he told the tv programme.
The procurator general refused a similar request last year, but Spong is using a recent report by the Council of Europe to back up his latest effort. That report said the Netherlands is not doing enough to counteract racism.
Geert Wilders is hugely popular. The PVV now polls ahead of all the other parties in the Netherlands. Mr. Wilders proposes to turn off the immigration valve, and he wants out of the European Union.
Therefore he must be stopped. Watch carefully over the next few months as he becomes a media bogeyman all across Europe.