The Dutch Election: Devastating for the Ruling Coalition

As the election results rolled in from The Netherlands last night, it was disheartening for supporters of the PVV (Party for Freedom, Partij voor de Vrijheid) because our expectations had been raised so high in recent months. Yet a closer look at the final tally shows that the result was hardly the great victory for Prime Minister Mark Rutte and the VVD as touted in the media.

The VVD lost nearly 20% of its bloc of seats in the Tweede Kamer, the lower house of the Dutch parliament. In contrast, the PVV gained 33% — a third more seats than in 2012.

But most devastatingly for the ruling coalition, the Labour Party (PvdA) lost 19 seats, more than 75% of its total presence in the chamber. Obviously the VVD is going to have to cast around for a different coalition partner. It remains the largest party, but the PVV is now second-largest.

The parties that showed the largest absolute increases were Green Left (GroenLinks), D66, and the Christian Democrats (CDA). That’s a disparate group, and not all that compatible with one another, to say the least. So the formation of a coalition will be an interesting process.

A thumbnail key to Dutch political parties is at the bottom of this post.

Geert Wilders sent out this message to his supporters today:

Dear friends,

Yesterday, the Party for Freedom (PVV) gained 33% and rose from 15 to 20 seats. That is a result to be proud of. However, Prime Minister Rutte won the elections, despite losing 8 seats.

We were the third biggest party, but now we are the second biggest party in the Dutch Parliament and a major political force. I promise you: Next time we will be first! The genie cannot be put back in the bottle.

I assure you: We will not stop trying to save our beautiful country, the Netherlands, our European civilization and our Western freedoms.

We are grateful for the interest and sympathy of freedom loving people all over the free world. And we will continue to inform you about our efforts and progress in the years ahead.

As ever,

Geert Wilders

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Mosque Raided in Hildesheim

As we reported last summer, German police raided a “radical” mosque in the city of Hildesheim. This past Tuesday they carried out another raid to clean out a hotbed of Salafists in Hildesheim who were “radicalizing” young men and exporting them to the jihad in Syria.

Below are two videos about the operation. Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translations, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling.

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The following report from Bild (also translated by Ava Lon) gives more details on Tuesday’s raid:

420 police officers deployed

Another anti-Islamist raid in Hildesheim

March 14, 2017

Hildesheim — The fight against an Islamist network operating in Germany continues!

by Karl Keim

[…]

Early Tuesday morning the police launched a large raid against the Salafist scene in Hildesheim. The reason for the action was a prohibition by the Lower Saxony Ministry of Interior against the “German-speaking Islamic Circle Hildesheim e.V.”

In the police action, which began around 6am on Tuesday, 420 personnel were involved. The mosque rooms of the DIK as well as the apartments of eight leading members of the association in the city and district of Hildesheim were searched. The Ministry of the Interior did not want to report whether there were any arrests. Nor did they want to share any information about the extent to which evidence has been secured.

Concerning the ban and dissolution of the association, Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) said: “With the ban on the organization, a hotspot of the radical Salafist scene in Germany was destroyed.” Muslims were targeted for indoctrination there to mobilize them to leave for Syria and Iraq, according to Pistorius. They were incited in the mosque of the DIK [German Islamic Circle] to join the Islamic State and to commit the most serious crimes. “The ban is a hard and important blow against Islamists in Lower Saxony.”

“About 50 people belonged to the hard core of the forbidden Islamic circle in Hildesheim, including a few dangerous ones,” reported Lower Saxony’s president Uwe Binias at the press conference after the raid.

The DIK was already the subject of a search action last year. The analysis of the evidence secured at that time confirmed the suspicion that Muslims in DIK Hildesheim were targets of radicalization in a conspiratorial way, a ministry spokesman said. They were incited to travel to Syria and Iraq and join ISIS there.

The assassin of the Berlin Christmas market, Anis Amri, had also stayed there in February 2016.

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What’s Become of the Baby?

The above photo presents startling visual proof of the absolute lunacy that is currently abroad in Germany (and elsewhere in the West, especially Sweden). It’s not just that it’s obvious to anyone on this side of the asylum wall that these heavily bearded broad-shouldered fellows are full-grown men. And it’s not even that some of them are probably pushing middle age.

It’s that the German officials in the photo can smile at the camera and keep a straight face while they say the word “kinder” and hand these cute li’l fellows a sugar cone for their morning treat. As if they’re totally unaware of the ghastly reality of what they’re dealing with. And maybe they are.

The following commentary from Achgut (Henryk Broder’s Die Achse des Guten) refers to the photo and an article on the “refugee children” who are beginning their school routine. Many thanks to Egri Nök for the translation:

Bewildered School Satchel-Carriers, Happy Indigenes

by Wolfram Ackner
March 10, 2017

I just cannot get over the photo of a young group of men in this article. The accompanying text says: “For these unaccompanied refugee children, their daily learning routine in a DaZ [German as a Second Language] class starts with sugar cones.”

What do we know about these men? Some of them surely fought in a war, with a 50kg military satchel on their back. Now these men arrive in Germany, full of hope for safety, prosperity, and sexual permissiveness — and suddenly, there are these absurd indigenes standing before them, with happy sheepish faces, trying to put school satchels on them.

As an archaic Saxon, I can relate to the hurt pride of these men. We Saxons, too — just like many of these tribes — from around the times of Mohammed on, went out into the world to exploit new settlement areas.

Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/15/2017

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s tough stance against Turkey over the past few days evidently paid off at the polls: his party (the VVD) held the line against the PVV, Geert Wilders’ party. It looks like the PVV will get 18-19 seats versus about 31 for the VVD.

In other news, 42 Islamic organizations in the Indian state of Assam have issued a fatwa against a 16-year-old female Muslim singer named Nahid Afrin, whose public performances allegedly violate the tenets of sharia. Miss Afrin’s singing is popular on a musical reality show on television, and she is being warned by clerics that she will have to face the consequences if she continues to sing in public.

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Dogs and Horses and Merkel, Oh My!

The following video talks about Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s reaction to Dutch and German restrictions on campaigning by Turkish officials for the referendum. As Vlad said when he saw it, “I think this clip gives the best peek into Erdogan’s mind of any so far.”

Many thanks to Nash Montana for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Provocative Prayers in Wuppertal

A school in Germany has caused a PC controversy by banning prayers that are “provocative”; i.e. publicly visible. Multiculturally-minded critics feel the action is discriminatory towards Muslims.

Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating this article from Der Westen:

Muslim students get attention through “provocative prayer” — Uproar at Wuppertal Gymnasium

  • There are problems in a Wuppertal Gymnasium due to Muslim students who “provoke” with their prayers
  • The school administration issued a ban and told teachers to turn in students who didn’t follow the ban
  • The internal notification about the ban made it into the public eye and caused indignation
  • The district government says: The ban is legal

Wuppertal. Controversy about the Johannes Rau Gymnasium in Wuppertal: An internal notification by the school administration sent to the desks of the teachers made its way into the public eye and it has been shared on Facebook and discussed dozens of times.

The controversial content: “In recent weeks it has been increasingly observed how Muslim students were praying on school grounds in a way that was very visible to others, signaled by ritual washing in the toilets (bathrooms), the unrolling of prayer rugs, the taking of certain body postures. This is not allowed.”

The teachers were also asked to “report” cases to the school administration and to “determine” the names. That sounds like language the police would use. Are Muslim students being discriminated here because of their religious practices? There are massive accusations on the Internet.

This is what the district government said

The school didn’t want to make a statement. But the responsible district government Düsseldorf confirmed to us: The notification is real, it was written on February 16th. The issue is “provocative prayer” of Muslim students within the school grounds. Fellow students and teachers felt encroached upon by this behavior. So much so that the school administration took action.

“The ban of prayer in provocative manner within the public school eye should support peaceful togetherness and peace at school,” the district government writes in its statement.

The school only wanted to collect the names of the relevant students in order to talk to them about alternative solutions such as a prayer room.

Is the prayer ban legal?

Yes, said the district government. “The school principal does have the right within the frame of school domiciliary rights. Upholding the constitutional requirement for the functioning of peaceful school activities and education, Article 5 GG, surpasses freedom of religion.” It is a similar to mandatory swimming lessons at school. Here, too, female Muslim students have to take part — even if that might go against their possible religious customs.

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/14/2017

Somali pirates hijacked an oil tanker off the Horn of Africa, the first hijacking of a commercial vessel since 2012. The incident is widely seen as a test of Donald Trump’s leadership.

In other news, on the eve of the Dutch elections, Geert Wilders called for the Turkish ambassador to be expelled from the Netherlands. Mr. Wilders also referred to pro-Turkish rioters as “scum”.

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The Battle of Ankara Was Won on the Cinema Screens of Berlin

As noted in several recent posts, the Turkish regime under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is pushing hard in Germany for support among expatriate Turks for the constitutional referendum that would make His Excellency into Il Duce of the Bosphorus.

The video below from German TV shows the extent to which supposedly independent Turkish cultural organizations are campaigning for Mr. Erdogan in Germany. As summarized by PolitikStube:

Openly campaigning for Turkish constitutional referendum in German documentary

The Turkish constitutional referendum is being decided in Germany as well. About 1.5 million people in Germany are registered to vote in Turkey. Therefore Erdogan’s supporters push an aggressive campaign in Germany. People who openly stand against the referendum are bullied and threatened, and in the movie theaters a movie that praises and glorifies Erdogan is being shown. Many of the activities are organized by the UETB, the Union of European Turkish Democrats, which has been accused for a long time of being Erdogan’s right hand in Europe.

Many thanks to Nash Montana for translating the video and text, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Erdogan’s Enemies Ask for Asylum in Switzerland

Last year’s failed “coup” in Turkey provided a golden opportunity for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to crack down on domestic dissent, consolidate and enhance his already immense powers, and hunt down the supporters of his greatest rival, another Islamic supremacist named Fethullah Gülen, who lives in exile in the United States.

It appears that a number of alleged Gülenists are attempting to win asylum in Switzerland. Many thanks to Egri Nök for translating this article from Basler Zeitung:

Turkish Vice Ambassador in Bern asks Switzerland for Asylum

March 8, 2017

Several Turkish diplomats are asking for protection from president Erdogan. Among them: the Turkish Vice Ambassador in Bern.

Several Turkish citizens with diplomatic passports applied for asylum in Switzerland, as Tages-Anzeiger and Der Bund report. According to this account, among the applicants is the country’s #2 in Bern, Volkan Karagöz.

The experienced career diplomat even was the interim ambassador in Switzerland. After the failed coup, he threatened “terrorists” in a media conference with legal persecution, and in newspaper articles praised Turkey as a model state of law.

Applied for asylum for his family and himself

But last month his name appeared on a list of officials to be dismissed from civil service – for alleged connections with the preacher Fethullah Gülen. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses Gülen and his supporters of being behind the state coup against him.

Thus Karagöz became an alleged “Gülenist”, with prison awaiting him in his homeland. The diplomat was ordered back to Ankara in February. But he refused to follow the order. He applied for asylum for himself and his family in Switzerland.

More Cases

Karagöz is not an isolated case. On Monday the Bundesrat confirmed during the question hour of the Nationalrat that “in some cases owners of Turkish diplomatic passports” filed applications for asylum in Switzerland. The government did not disclose further information, “as these are rather few individual cases.”

Culture-Enriching Gang Rapists to be Deported From Sweden

A higher court in Sweden has reversed a criminal court ruling that would have allowed five particularly vicious rapists to remain in Sweden, rather than be deported to the dangers of their native Afghanistan.

Many thanks to FouseSquawk for translating this article from Fria Tider:

Gang rapists to be expelled after all

March 8, 2017

Domestic: The five Afghans raped an underage boy in a sadistic fashion in Uppsala, but according to the district court, they should stay in Sweden since they could “be hit very hard by deportation”. But now the higher court has changed it all.

It was October 24, 2016 when the five men who claimed to be unaccompanied refugee children decided they would f*** the boy. They took him into a wooded area, where they took turns raping and beating him for over an hour.

When the Uppsala district criminal court judgment against the rapists was handed down in late December, the court decided that the perpetrators would stay in Sweden, since it could go badly for them if they were sent home to Afghanistan.

“The court finds… that on the basis of their age as well as the security situation in Afghanistan, they would be hit very hard by expulsion. The demand for expulsion is turned down for all defendants,” it said in the judgment.

But the Svea higher court issued a new judgment, and now all five so-called refugee children are to be deported. Among other reasons, the higher court based its judgment on the seriousness of the crime and the lack of connection to Sweden [on the part of the defendants].

Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

If Wilders comes, can Le Pen be far behind?

PEGIDA’s Press Nemesis in Saxony is nervous about Geert Wilders.

From Sächsische Zeitung, translated by JLH:

Europe is Trembling With Fear At the Dutch Election

The Dutch election is not just about the right-populist Wilders. The future of Europe is at stake. A win for the EU opponent could be the overture to a much greater disaster.

Geert Wilders has little sympathy for the European Union

From Reuters:

Europe and the Netherlands. It has long been a ticklish relationship. Just a year ago, Prime Minister Mark Rutte suffered a severe defeat when the EU agreement with Ukraine was rejected in referendum. Now the campaign of the right-populist Geert Wilders — admired by like-minded Germans in the AfD — is stirring things up against the EU. Europe and Germany, too, have something to worry about.

Of course, polls indicate that the parliamentary election on Wednesday will change little in the leadership in the Hague. The probable scenario is that Rutte will stay. Most recently, his right-liberals were first with 16%, leaving Wilders and the Party for Freedom behind. Nonetheless, politically, Wilders is herding the moderate Rutte along. Since he made points with fundamentalist opposition to Brussels, Rutte too has been shying away politically from Europe.

This was demonstrated by a vignette on the margins last week in Brussels. The 28 heads of state were analyzing the situation in the western Balkans, which the EU would like to bind to itself instead of leaving it to the influence of Russia or Turkey. But there could be no draft proposal for the entry of other states, thank you very much. A bigger EU would not be good for Rutte’s campaign.

His EU partners went along without complaint. No one wants to turn a founding member into a shaky candidate. Outside of that, beyond the Netherlands’ elections — like a grim version of the domino theory — a potentially greater disaster is conceivable: a win by the right-populist Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election. That would be “the end of Europe as we know it,” said the French-born EU commissioner Pierre Moscovici recently to Zeit.

Even if it does not come to that, a decent political result for Wilders and Le Pen could shake the European landscape right up until the September election. That is, it could give the presently weakened AfD wind in its sails.

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Marine Le Pen to the Media: “Madame, French people have no confidence in the media whatsoever”

In the video below you’ll see Marine Le Pen, the leader of the Front National in France, deliver the coup de grâce to the French media. Note the calm, relaxed, offhand way in which she expresses her utter contempt for her interviewer and the media the latter represents.

Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:

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Gates of Vienna News Feed 3/13/2017

The conflict between Turkey and Europe has escalated further. Denmark, Austria, and Switzerland are banning campaign stops by Turkish officials, and Germany is opposing any additional Turkish campaigning. The Turks have filed a formal complaint against The Netherlands, demanded an apology from Prime Minister Rutte, and will implement sanctions against the Dutch. Turkey has also taken its complaint about the breach of its rights to the European Union and the Council of Europe.

In other news, the state of Tennessee has filed a lawsuit against the federal government for its “refugee resettlement” policies, based on a legal argument that such policies are a violation of the Tenth Amendment.

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An Open Letter to the Heidelberg Police

As you may recall, on February 25 a man drove a car into a group of pedestrians in Heidelberg, killing one of them and wounding two others. He got out of the car carrying a knife, and tried to get away, but was shot by police. He is recovering in the hospital, and has been charged with various crimes for his actions.

No information was given out about the perpetrator except that he was “German” and did not have a “migration background”. Within two or three days, the German press and people seemed to lose interest in the case, and as far as I am aware, no additional information has been released.

The incident prompted a disgruntled citizen to write the following open letter to Heidelberg Police. This is the source where the published letter was found. We owe a debt of gratitude to Nash Montana for undertaking this difficult translation:

Open letter: Dear Heidelberg Police!

Insults, rumors, fake information: The police reacted in an unusually direct way to such tweets after the car incident in Heidelberg. Now they consider investigating the people who wrote the tweets. It is one of the duties of the police to inform the public in case of a dangerous situation. Meanwhile they do that by use of social networks. That’s also what happened when a car rammed a group of people in Heidelberg last Saturday. One person died, two people were injured, and the driver was prevented from fleeing by being shot. The incident kept many Twitter users busy. Hour after hour the police had to deal with questions from inside the country and from other countries — at times with abusive tweets even.

Dear Police in Heidelberg

(an open letter by Winnie Wacker)

As one has noticed, by now you seem a little pissed off due to some comments on Twitter and on Facebook concerning the attacker who rammed his car into three people and then fled with a knife in his hand. But what do you believe is the reason why people react the way they do and comment the way they do? Why do you think that the people don’t trust you anymore, and therefore probe you in such a pushy way?

Do you still remember the good old adage, “He who makes a habit of lying will not believed even if he speaks the truth for once”? The people just don’t believe you anymore. Too many times in the past have you, let’s just say, to be politically correct, omitted the truth (which in my eyes is absolutely the same as lying), or you bent the truth very creatively to your own liking. Although you are not the press and you are not bound by it, you have very obviously oriented yourself by the press codex point 12.1 and have concealed the migration background of offenders systematically.

And when the offender had been determined, and therefore a manhunt with a description of the perpetrator wasn’t necessary anymore, in each of your press reports each perpetrator with a German passport was German, what is formally correct, but more on that later. And when non-German passport existed, then the perpetrator living in Heidelberg all too often becomes simply a “Heidelberger”. According to the police in my city, the hoodlums are typically called “Ulmer”, because I am from Ulm, or they’re simply called “men”. And when one reads that every day, one is moved to ask oneself just what the heck has gotten into these Heidelbergers and Ulmers. One feels appalled at how our society becomes so brutalized: “Biberacher” (people from Biberacher) engage in human trafficking, “Ulmer” commit serious heists, and “Berliner” cut their wives’ heads off.

“Men” in Germany pounce and attack women in packs and rape them, four, seven men at the same time. And feminists say that all that had been going on at Oktoberfest all the time, only in the past no one had talked about this ancient primal German rape culture called Taharrush. But now, when all the refugees are here, suddenly they talk — for completely racist reasons of course — it’s thematized, addressed in order to pee on the refugees’ collective leg. What, therefore, is going on with men in Germany?

Regarding your driver in Heidelberg, only a few short months after the truck jihad in Berlin, you say that it was a German student. And you make a big deal out of the fact that he has no migration background. Well, now there are photos available. And the man simply does not look like an indigenous German. And it’s also highly unlikely that a student would be on the road with a rental car from Europcar, and to carry huge knives with him is pretty atypical as well. Something in your story sounds a bit odd, and that’s why people begin to be a bit suspicious. But you should know, because after all, you have arrested the man and you checked his data. And even without having spoken one single word with the perpetrator, you also immediately knew that there was no indication of a terrorist background. Now, whether this grew on your pile of dung or on the press’ pile, I can’t say, but apparently the offender’s real motivation was mental confusion. The fact that you dish out the usual reassurances and relativization to us after such attacks, which become more and more unbelievable and are therefore increasingly met with suspicion — that is your own doing, dear police.

Of course there are enough criminal indigenous Germans in this country, and the autochthon German may (still) be the majority among criminal suspects and convicted offenders. But coincidentally I know that, for example, in Baden-Württemberg 44.6% of all imprisoned people are foreigners (as of August 2016).

Namely mostly Turks and Romanians. Despite the fact that Turks only make about 5% of the population, and Romanians an even smaller percentage. These “Heidelberger” and “Ulmer” are above average in criminality! And when one then also knows that just about 50% of the Turkish-born people in Germany have a German passport, and are therefore are considered as “German” in the crime statistics, then one quickly senses that the other 55.4% of prison inmates aren’t all called “Hans” and “Friedrich”, but rather “Ali” and “Mohammed”. Or in other words, if 5% of Turkish fellow citizens without a passport are already so extremely overrepresented, then the Turkish-born inmates with German passports would follow suit, since it’s the same breed of people, anyway, with the same cultural and religious background. One can, in the light of these numbers therefore guess correctly that far more than half of all apprehended perpetrators in Germany’s prisons have a migration background.

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