An Arbitrary Political Trial

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Party for Freedom (Partij voor de Vrijheid, PVV) in the Netherlands, has lost his final appeal in the “hate speech” case against him. The Dutch Supreme Court upheld his 2014 conviction for “discrimination” based on his agreement with his supporters that there should be fewer, not more Moroccans in the Netherlands. Which would seem a reasonable thing to say, one that any sane Dutch person could hardly disagree with, given the recent behavior of Ridouan Taghi and the Mocro Mob.

Unfortunately, there may not be very many sane people left in the Netherlands. Mr. Wilders still has numerous supporters, but not enough to change the suicidal trajectory of the country through voting.

The following video features remarks made by Geert Wilders after the announcement of the verdict against him. Many thanks to Gary Fouse for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

Video transcript:

00:03   If your name, for example, is Akwasi [a rapper], and you call for murder and violence…
00:10   then you get away with it. Then you are not prosecuted, let alone convicted.
00:13   If you’re the cabinet, or an official of the cabinet, or minister, and you have 10,000 people
00:18   with the surcharge scandal, brought to he edge of the abyss, then nobody is prosecuted,
00:24   let alone convicted. If your name is [PM Mark] Rutte, and you lie to Parliament,
00:28   then you get away with it. If your name is [FM Sigrid] Kaag, and you abuse the elections,
00:32   through unlawful use of tax money to make a documentary, then you get away with it.
00:37   But if you are leader of the opposition, or from the large opposition party…
00:41   …the largest opposition party, and you speak the truth, you pose a question,
00:47   then you are convicted. That’s called corruption, that’s called an arbitrary
00:52   political trial. So, yes, I think a lot of people at home now
00:58   lose trust in the constitutional state through this one-sided verdict
01:04   from the Supreme Court, and I greatly regret that, but I will not take it seriously.

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