Austria Launches Criminal Investigation Against Geert Wilders

On the same day that an opinion poll conducted by the Dutch state broadcaster revealed that the Party for Freedom (PVV) is now the biggest party in Netherlands, the country’s major newspaper De Telegraaf announced that Austria is launching a criminal investigation against Geert Wilders, the leader of the PVV.

Below is the translated article from De Telegraaf:

Austria preys on Geert Wilders

Geert Wilders is facing prosecution in Austria. The Public Prosecutor in Vienna is investigating whether the PVV leader is guilty of incitement during a speech last March.

In the Alpine state, there is a maximum sentence of two years for this offence.

Press Officer Nina Bussek of the Vienna prosecutor’s office cannot say how long the investigation will take, and whether Wilders will also be questioned by a prosecutor. “I can confirm that we are investigating following complaints against declarations he made during the event.” The [Austrian] law prohibits hurting religious feelings or inciting to violence against a religion.

On 27 March, Wilders gave a long speech in the Hofburg in Vienna at the invitation of the right-wing nationalist party FPÖ. He spoke in strong language about the necessity to reduce Islam.

Wilders’ visit was special, because Vienna is the city where, in 1683, the rise of the Ottoman Empire was halted. “Also today, we have a clear message for Islam: you will not conquer Vienna,” Wilders said.

In his speech, Wilders said that Austria had to change the present reality, “that Islamic brutality has gained a foothold in our countries. We are confronted with halal meals, with headscarves, burqas, honor killings, female genital mutilation, polygamy, mega-mosques.”

“Since the darkest days of paganism many centuries ago, we have not experienced these atrocities anymore. Now they are back. Islam has brought them back,” Wilders continued. “I say: let us regain our freedoms.”

To this end, the PVV leader called for a ban on the Koran. He also said “No more mosques. Close all Islamic schools. Today! No to mullahs and imams.”

In response, Wilders expressed his disappointment in Austria. “It is particularly ironic that the authorities capitulate there where a few centuries ago the West was protected against Islam. But I will continue to honor the gates of Vienna and stand upright. Speaking the truth about Islam and immigration is thus rewarded with a place on death lists and prosecution or investigation for prosecution by the Public Prosecutor in several countries. Earlier in the Netherlands and Jordan, now in the Netherlands again and in Austria. This is a major attack on freedom of speech, but no one will be able to silence me.”

The latest poll, showing the PVV at 28, five seats ahead of its closest rival:

13 thoughts on “Austria Launches Criminal Investigation Against Geert Wilders

  1. “In his speech, Wilders said that Austria had to change the present reality, “that Islamic brutality has gained a foothold in our countries. We are confronted with halal meals, with headscarves, burqas, honor killings, female genital mutilation, polygamy, mega-mosques.””

    “And as we do all of this work to counter the Islamist extremist ideology, let’s also recognise that we will have to enter some pretty uncomfortable debates – especially cultural ones. Too often we have lacked the confidence to enforce our values, for fear of causing offence. The failure in the past to confront the horrors of forced marriage I view as a case in point. So is the utter brutality of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

    It sickens me to think that there were nearly 4,000 cases of FGM reported in our country last year alone. Four thousand cases; think about that. And 11,000 cases of so called honour-based violence over the last 5 years – and that’s just the reported cases.

    We need more co-ordinated efforts to drive this out of our society. More prosecutions. No more turning a blind eye on the false basis of cultural sensitivities.” – David Cameron.

  2. As I understand it one of the issues here is Wilders’ comparison of the Koran with Hitlers’ Mein Kampf. However the two books are very different. What they have in common is the fact they both are books of perverse, immoral and anti-human ideology. There are many more books like that for instance the writings of Mao, Marx and Lenin.

    Mein Kampf is very different from the Koran because it was not read by the nazis. Eichman for instance, when asked if he read it responded with “No, I only did take a quick look at it” (“nur angelesen” he told the court). Mein Kampf is very badly written except maybe for Hitlers ideas about war propaganda, volume 1 chapter 6. It must be said this is a brilliant chapter and I can highly recommend it; very creepy.

    The Koran on the other hand is at the core of Islam and, from the perspective of Islam, very well composed. It is a highly effective tool to perpetuate the Jihad and the spread of Islam.

    • Thanks for the recommendation. I dug out my copy of the fuhrer’s book – creepy indeed.

  3. Beetje bekachelijke houding gezien Oostenrijks beleid in de tweede wereldoorlog en recenter met hun verkeerde president.

    Beetje hypocriet

    [Machine translation:

    Bekachelijke seen little attitude Austrian policy in the Second World War and later with their wrong president.

    bit hypocritical]

  4. It would be nice if Wilders simply ignored the Austrian court and legal system, steering clear of Austria in the future. Would Austria try to extradite him? Would Holland assert a bit of its long-lost national identity, and tell Austria to bug off? Would Austria issue an Interpol arrest warrant for the crime of saying the wrong thing? And would the US honor a warrant for an act that is not only not a crime in the US, but explicitly protected by the constitution?

    I don’t presume to tell Wilders what to do, as he is the one in the crosshairs.

    The other alternative for the Austrian bureaucrats is they simply allow the warrant to drop, knowing they have kicked the can down the road and don’t have to bestir themselves to deal with it one way or another.

  5. “The [Austrian] law prohibits hurting religious feelings…” What an absolutely disgusting rubbish law. Why not introduce a law against hurting anyone’s feeling for anything? My feelings are hurt when Muslims are telling me what they want to do with infidels or me being an atheist. Is there anybody out there who truly believes there is a solution to the threat of Islam spreading? I look at my country of birth, Sweden, and I think it is beyond repair.

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