Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands paid a visit to Vienna yesterday to meet with Heinz-Christian Strache, his counterpart in the Austrian Freedom Party (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ). Mr. Wilders delivered a speech at the Hofburg Palace, the former imperial palace of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to a full house of more than a thousand people. A press conference before the speech was held in the Austrian parliament.
Below is the English translation of the prepared text for the speech given by Mr. Wilders. The original German version is below the jump.
Meine lieben Freunde:
Servus in Wien!
I am extremely happy to be here, in the Hofburg, together with more than one thousand proud Austrian patriots.
It is a pleasure to visit Heinz-Christian and my friends of the FPÖ again.
It is an honor to be in this beautiful city.
All over the world Vienna is the symbol of resistance against Islam.
It is here that the Islamic invasion of the West was stopped in 1683.
Islam was defeated at the gates of Vienna.
You and I are standing here today inside these gates.
In the city that Islam was unable to conquer.
And today we have a clear message for Islam again.
The same message that King John Sobieski had when he rushed to Vienna in 1683 to help defend it against the Turks: You will not be able to overwhelm Vienna or the West. Because we will not allow it.
Before I continue, let me tell you something about my life as a Dutch politician.
I am not a President, nor a Chancellor, nor even a member of Cabinet, just a simple member of Parliament.
However, for more than ten years now, I have been living under 24/7 police protection. I lived with my wife in army barracks, prison cells and safe houses until this very day, just to be safe.
Wherever I go, armed policemen accompany me to protect me against Islamic jihadis. I am on the death list of Al Qaida. Islamic terror groups want to kill me because I tell the truth about Islam and speak out against the Islamization of our free Western societies.
In the Netherlands as in other European countries we have made a terrible mistake. Our politicians have foolishly allowed millions of Islamic immigrants to settle within our borders.
Everywhere the Islamic culture was welcomed as an enrichment.
Nowhere the demand was made that the immigrants assimilate.
Not a single European leader had the guts to state the obvious and tell the truth: our Western culture based on Christianity, Judaism and Humanism, is far superior to the Islamic culture and immigrants have to adopt our values, not the other way around.
And now, we in Europe are paying the price for this folly. The Islamic culture is eating away our own Judeo-Christian and humanist civilization and replacing it with intolerance, hatred and violence.
The year is still young, but we have already had murderous terror attacks in Paris and in Copenhagen, we had jihadists shooting police with Kalashnikovs in Belgium, we had the Islamic State slaughtering people in Syria, Iraq, Libya and Nigeria.
Last Autumn, we had deadly terrorist attacks in Australia and Canada.
With every new terrorist crime, with every new attack, with every new beheading, it becomes clear to ever more people what the true nature is of the threat we are facing.
As you can see, Islam is on the move again.
It is also marching on Europe again.
Most of our politicians look away.
But we will not look on motionless.
We will speak out.
We will not be silent.
Because we love our country.
Because we love our freedom.
Because we refuse to live in slavery.
Because we believe that without liberty, life is not worth living.
Liberty and human dignity, that is what we stand for.
We are the torchbearers for freedom.
We are the torchbearers for democracy.
We are the torchbearers for a civilization that is far superior to any other civilization on earth.
Last Summer, my home town, The Hague, witnessed scenes which brought back memories of the darkest period in our history, the Nazi era.
Sympathizers of the Islamic State paraded in our streets. They carried swastikas, they carried the black flags of ISIS. They shouted “Death to the Jews.”
Instead of rounding up these hatemongers, the authorities did nothing.
When we warn against Islam, the authorities call it hate speech and bring us to court. But when the grim forces of hatred march down our streets, the police look on and do not interfere. It is a disgrace. It is a scandal. It is intolerable.
The Islamic State is waging a war against the free West. So are other Islamic terrorists.
Indeed, we are at war. Only fools can deny it. They have declared war on us.
The Islamic ideology is an ideology of war and hatred. It calls on people to be violent. It calls on people to be terrorists. The Koran leaves no doubt about it.
To all those who say that Islam is peace I say: listen to what the Koran has to say.
It is full of verses such as Sura 4:89: “Seize them and kill them wherever ye find them.”
Or Sura 47:4: “When ye meet the unbelievers, smite at their necks and cause a bloodbath among them.”
I could go on and on and on.
There are over 150 verses in the Koran calling for jihad or holy war.
Islam cannot be reformed. For the simple reason that we cannot separate Islam from the Koran and neither can we take Muhammad out of Islam. So, there can never be a moderate Islam.
But of course, there are many moderate and kind Muslims. I know that. I have travelled the Islamic world extensively when I still could do so.
I have visited Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Syria, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, Indonesia. I have met many kind, friendly and hospitable people there.
But this does not blind me to very important reality that while many Muslims are moderates, Islam itself is not moderate.
A few years ago, I called on Muslims to liberate themselves from the yoke of Islam, to choose for freedom. I wholeheartedly support Muslims who love freedom. So, I told them; “Free yourselves. Leave Islam.” I still stand by this appeal. But this does not blind me to the equally important reality that while many Muslims are moderates, a very large number are not.
The University of Amsterdam did a study about the 1 million Muslims in my country. It found that 11% is prepared to use violence for the sake of Islam. That is a staggering 100,000 people in a small country such as the Netherlands!
A survey last November among Turkish youths in the Netherlands found that 80% do not consider the violence which groups such as ISIS use against non-believers to be wrong. 73% of the Muslims in my country say that Dutch Muslims who go and fight in Syria are heroes.
In December 2013, a study of the Humboldt University in Berlin among Muslims in six European countries found that almost two thirds of the Muslims in Austria are of the opinion that Jews cannot be trusted. Two thirds! This is appalling. This is intolerable. There should be no place for anti-Semitism and ideological violence in civilized countries. We should not tolerate the intolerable.
For the sake of our own safety, for the sake of our own children’s future, we must stop all immigration from Islamic countries. And we have to do it now!
Let us admit it.
During the past four decades, we Europeans have foolishly allowed Islamic mass immigration into Western Europe. This is one of the biggest mistakes we have ever made in our entire history.
Fifty years ago the Netherlands had one thousand immigrants from Islamic countries. Today we have one million. Muhammad is now the second most popular name among newborn boys nationwide and the most popular name in major cities such as Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. This is also the case in the Belgian capital Brussels, the Norwegian capital Oslo, the British capital London and as a matter of fact even in the whole of Great-Britain.
Last year, the number of asylum seekers in the European Union rose to a record 626,000. A rise of 44% according to Eurostat. Almost two thirds of these asylum seekers came from Islamic countries.
Earlier this month, Frontex, the EU’s external border agency, warned that at this very moment between half a million and one million migrants are ready to leave Libya and cross into Europe. ISIS threatens that it will send terrorists among them. We are facing a catastrophe.
Hence, our conclusion is crystal clear:
Our borders are what defines us. Our borders are what protects us. But the EU and Schengen has abolished all our internal borders, while the EU’s external borders are as leaky as a sieve.
That is why my party, the Party for Freedom, says:
We want to leave Schengen and re-establish our own national border controls.
Fugitives from Syria and other war-torn areas should be safe, but accommodated in their own region. Not here. Not in Europe.
The immensely rich Gulf states do virtually nothing for Syrian fugitives. Qatar has allowed a mere 46 of them, while over 122,000 asked for asylum in Europe last year. This is totally unacceptable.
I have founded the Party for Freedom because I am sick and tired of politicians who bury their heads in the sand like ostriches and hope for a reformed moderate Islam that will suddenly establish itself before the end of the year.
I am sick and tired of their shameless irresponsibility and their despicable cowardice.
I have founded the Party for Freedom to say the things which other parties are afraid to say: no more mosques, no more immigration from Islamic countries, let them adopt our values or stay away, say no to the mullahs and the imams, and get rid of cultural relativism!
I can assure you of one thing: people need to hear the truth about Islam. And I will shout it from the roof tops. Even if the jihadis do not like it. Even if our appeasing politicians do not like it.
Five years ago, I was taken to court on hate crime charges. Fortunately, I was acquitted on all charges. You may have heard, however, that I will soon be brought to court again. The Dutch authorities do not see Islam as a problem; they see me as the problem. They want to silence me. But they will never succeed.
In the past years, I have been travelling the world. I have been to several European countries, to Israel, to the United States, to Canada and Australia, to encourage people to stand up against Islam. But more needs to be done.
And I also need your help.
The resistance against Islamization, mass immigration, lying media and hostile EU elites cannot be left to politicians alone. Preserving our liberties is a responsibility for every citizen.
Everyone of you must raise the awareness of your fellow citizens wherever he or she can.
Austria cannot be warned enough about Islam.
Islam is on the move again. Time is running out for the West. We must not be paralyzed by fear into inaction. We must act.
Everyone of you must sound the alarm bells for Austria.
If you love Austria, sound the alarm.
If you love freedom, sound the alarm.
If you love your wife or husband, sound the alarm.
If you love your children, sound the alarm.
Warn your neighbors, warn your colleagues, warn your friends about the dangers that Islamization poses to their country, their freedom, their partner, their children.
There are still far too many good people out there who do not realize yet how dangerous the situation is. They are lulled to sleep by the media and the political and intellectual establishment.
We must wake them up and open their eyes to the reality that Islamic savagery has settled in our countries.
Austria, the Netherlands, the whole of Europe, but also Western nations such as Canada, the US, Australia, they are all being confronted with primitive brutalities, such as honor killings. We had never seen these brutal practices in our lands since the dark days of paganism, a dozen centuries ago. Now there are back. Islam has brought them back.
Horrible atrocities, such as female genital mutilation, which we had never ever before seen in our entire European history. Now they are here. Islam has brought them here.
We are experiencing that the stronger the Islamic culture in our society becomes the less civilized it is.
Certain parts of our inner cities no longer look European. They look like suburbs of Cairo, Rabat, Algiers, Damascus or Mecca. We are confronted with halal food, headscarves, burkas and polygamy.
We see women being treated like inferior beings, because according to the Koran a woman is only worth half a man.
We see homosexuals and Jews being attacked, because Islam says they deserve to be killed.
We see the total lack of freedom for people who want to leave Islam. They are treated as renegades. The penalty for apostates is death. We should protect these heroes.
We see the threat of violence and terrorism rising, while authorities refuse to tell people that the cause of all this misery is Islam.
We see thousands of homegrown European jihadis waging war in the Middle East. We see them returning because our borders are open and unprotected. We see them plotting attacks on European soil.
Barbarism is back in Europe. We can never accept that.
I say: Let us reclaim our freedoms.
Let us restore our liberties, such as freedom of speech.
Let us defend our culture. Let us protect our people.
Let us make our nations free and safe again.
Let us be brave.
That is what we must do; that is our duty.
Let me ask you: Do our authorities actually do this?
They do not.
They fail to do their duty.
They fail to act accordingly.
They even lie to us.
Every day, we hear Western leaders repeat the sickening mantra that Islam is a religion of peace.
Whenever an atrocity is committed in the name of Islam, Barack Obama, David Cameron, Angela Merkel, my own Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and many of their colleagues rush to the television cameras to tell the world that it has nothing whatsoever to do with Islam. How stupid do they think we are?!
As you can see, there is an enormous task ahead of us. But, fortunately, we are not alone. We are many. In every country in the West, brave patriots are on our side.
That is why I am optimistic.
We in the Netherlands, you in Austria, all the patriots in the other countries, we stand together. And we support each other, just as it was a Polish King who came to the rescue of Vienna in 1683.
Our political leaders may fail us. But we, my friends, we will not fail.
There is a path we shall never choose, and that is the path of submission.
This is why we say: Yes to freedom! No to tyranny!
If we shrink away from our responsibility, our children will perish and we will live the rest of our lives in shame. It is not enough to fight ISIS in Syria and Iraq; we must stop Islam from spreading here, in our own land. The less Islam, the better. It is a simple as that.
We must also stand with Israel. It is the stronghold of our civilization in the Middle East.
It is a beacon of light in an area of total darkness. Israel is fighting our fight. We should all support it because Islam’s so-called “holy war” against Israel is a war against all of us.
If Israel cannot exist in peace, none of us can.
In 1683, brave men rallied to defend liberty, honor and dignity.
Today we must do the same. From Austria to the Netherlands, from Israel to Australia, from Canada and the U.S. to all the nations of Europe, we must stand fast and refuse to be defeated.
We must protect the gates of Vienna, the gates of Jerusalem, Amsterdam, Rome, London, Sydney and every free city and town in the world. So that they remain free forever!
The policies that we stand for are getting more popular than ever.
We want to stop all immigration from Islamic countries.
We want to stimulate voluntary re-emigration to Islamic countries.
We want to expel all criminals with dual citizenship and deprive them of our nationality.
And all jihadis who want to leave, let them leave. But let them never return. Therefore, we must leave Schengen and reinstate border controls.
Dear Friends, there is a lot of work to do. We, the defenders of freedom and security, have an historic duty.
Our generation has been entrusted with a huge task: to keep the flame of liberty burning and oppose the Islamization of our societies.
I say it without exaggeration: the future of human civilization depends on us. Now is a time when everyone in the West must do his duty.
We are writing history here.
So, let us do our duty.
Let us stand with a strong spirit.
Let us go forth with courage and save freedom!
Indeed, my friends,
John Sobieski is not dead.
He lives on in us. In you. In me.
We can feel his heart beat in our own breast.
And with him and the heroes of 1683 we say:
We will defend the gates of Vienna.
We will defend our borders.
We will defend liberty.
Long live Austria!
Long live the Netherlands!
Long live the West!
The video of the press conference is here.
Original German text: