Last week I reported that four members of the Flemish “right-wing extremist” group Voorpost had been sentenced to six months in prison for carrying a banner that read “Stop Islamization” (“Stop Islamisering”) at a demonstration. I mentioned the fact that Filip Dewinter, the leader of Vlaams Belang, had carried banners on multiple occasions that featured the same slogan, yet he had never been prosecuted.
This week I dug back into the archives and found the photo shown at the top of this post. I took it in October of 2007, at an event in Antwerp sponsored by Vlaams Belang that featured Filip Dewinter and Robert Spencer as speakers. Almost fourteen years later Mr. Dewinter is still a free man, never having served any time in the slammer for displaying that “hateful” sign.
The following video reports on a demonstration in which members of Vlaams Belang protested the verdict and the sentences against the four men from Voorpost. Filip Dewinter can be seen in the video, showing a lot more grey in his hair than he had that night in Antwerp fourteen years ago.
|00:04||At the Great Market of Mechelen, some 10 members of parliament for Vlaams Belang|
|00:08||carried out an action about an hour ago against a judgment|
|00:12||by the Criminal Court of Mechelen, which has sentenced four members|
|00:16||of the radical-right organization Voorpost|
|00:20||for incitement to hate and violence during a protest in May of last year.|
|00:25||On a banner, seen here from a similar action,|
|00:29||under the words, “Stop Islamization”, some women|
|00:33||in burkas or niqabs are seen. That was|
|00:37||the reason for the court to infer that Islam in the future will dominate, and that women|
|00:41||will be forced to wear the burka or niqab,|
|00:44||and the court ruled that was incitement to hate and violence.|
|00:50||Vlaams Belang did not agree.|
|00:53||What we find today that the judges in Mechelen have directly attacked|
|00:58||the freedom of speech. The resistance against Islamization|
|01:02||is not incitement to hate and violence. It is for the freedom of speech, the|
|01:06||protection of what is dear to us, our identity.