Alright, here we go.
Weblog GeertWilders – Geert Wilders socks it to the socialist Islam appeasers:
Speech by Geert Wilders at the PVV evening in Almere
First, a general notice. If people from the PvdA (Socialists) are present tonight: here is a message for you. At the end of the speech, I will hand out the speech in Arabic so that you can understand what I have said.
For a long time the PvdA has not spoken the language of the common man or woman. The party of Wouter Bos speaks Arabic. By now you will certainly have read about the PvdA election pamphlet being distributed in Arabic. But do you also know what it says? Have you been able to read it? Probably not. Well, I have tried to translate it for you, and is says something like: “Me Jeltje van Nieuwenhoven, you get nice benefits, you like-um, we Hollandie pay everything nice.”
In other words: bring over your whole family, because money grows on trees here. The PvdA takes good care of its voting-cattle.
Ladies and gentlemen, how great it is to be here in Almere [map], how great it is to be in the new land [land reclaimed (map) in the 1950s-60s]. This evening, of course, it is about the elections next Wednesday in the city of Almere. I will say a few things about that later on — also about the superb work of our party leader Raymond de Roon and his fantastic team in this beautiful city. But I also want to share a few other things with you. Maybe you have heard that the Cabinet fell recently.
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Winds of Jihad – “Geert Wilders Just Like Hitler”- p # 2367
21st Century British Nationalism - Zionists Versus Dhimmi’s
Counter-Jihad Alliance – The Martyrs of Cordoba – Gates of Vienna
MooseandSquirrel.ca – Dispatch 6.2: Let me draw you a picture, rather than a cartoon
Jihad Watch – Now we have our anti-jihad theme song
Gates of Vienna – The Martyrs of Cordoba
How to discuss Islam with Muslims – Islam 101 from Geert Wilders
A Dutchman in Malaysia – Elections
Charlotte Conservative News – More indications Geert Wilders may be gaining for coming elections
Minnesota Prager Discussion Group – Europe News on Geert Wilders Trial
Greenie Watch – Geert Wilders
Wilders On Trial – Geert Wilders and European Democracy
Winds of Jihad – Geert Wilders Causes Islamic Terrorism!
ProFreeOpinion.com – Geert Wilders Speaks: Muslims & Tolerance (Part 2 Of 2)
The First Post – The anti-immigration pol who wants to lead Dutch
I Luv South Africa - Return to the Dark Ages - and Why The Netherlands is Not Fit to be Part of Europe
Israpundit – News and Views of Interest
Mediasculp – Local Dutch Elections
Man’s Role in History-Man Life and Philosophy of Existence – Saturday, February 27, 2010
Pete’s Place – Unveiling the truth behind Shariah
Solomania – Friday, February 19, 2010
The Astute Bloggers – WHO ARE THE NEW DISSIDENTS?
The Barb Wire - Speech by Geert Wilders, the Netherlands
Fausty’s Libertarian Blog - Geert Wilders socks it to the socialist Islam appeasers
Atlas Shrugs – The English Defense League …… in their own words
The Muslim News – The Netherlands: Wilders goes for headscarf ban in the Hague
A Western Heart – Geert Wilders
Ahmadiyya Times - Pakistan and the ‘Ahmadis’: The right to believe
Avid Editor’s Insights – Baroness Cox of the House of Lords on the 1992 Azeri Pogrom Against the Armenian Village of Maraghar
Gates of Vienna – Submission to a Totalitarian Thought-System
Yellow Stars Euroblog – Netherlands Government falls over Afghanistan
Atlas Shrugs – Geert Wilders Slams Socialist Islamic Alliance
Infidel Blogger’s Alliance – Netherlands: Geert Wilders Proposes Hijab Ban in Government Funded Institutions
Vlad Tepes – Geert Wilders TV debate
Our Changing Landscape - “We are here for the Netherlands, we are here for the people”
Patriot’s Corner – Geert Wilders coming to England to support the EDL
Western Civ is Here to Stay! - Baroness Cox of the House of Lords on the 1992 Azeri Pogrom Against the Armenian Village of Maraghar
Politics of Israel – Geert Wilders socks it to the socialist Islam appeasers
Persevere – The EDL will defend Geert Wilders
Seaspook’s Rants - Which Book is More Vile the Quran or Mein Kampf
Weblog GeertWilders – Now we have our anti-jihad theme song
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Wilders, drugs, green issues dominate Dutch local elections
Berlin gegen Krieg – Heftige Reaktionen gegen Geert Wilders in den Niederlanden
Derby Patriot – Monday, 1 March 2010
The St. Charlian Observer – Dresner’s comments not welcomed positively
Gulf Times – Dutch municipal polls tomorrow
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch political leaders clash in debate
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – “Floral commandos” protest at Freedom Party:
Over 80 people protested against the Freedom Party in the Dutch town of Almere on Sunday. Almere is one of the two places where Geert Wilders’ anti-Islamic Freedom Party is standing for office in the Dutch municipal elections on 3 May.
Right-wing candidates have been doing well in Almere since the elections 2002 and the latest polls show that the Freedom Party will probably become the largest party in the town council. However, not all inhabitants of Almere believe the party will be making changes for the better.
A group of Almere’s youngsters organised a ‘floral pyjama march’ Sunday. The march was a response to suggestion by Sietse Fritsma, the Freedom Party’s main candidate in The Hague of “deploying city commandos to end the reign of street terror by Moroccan youths”.
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Dutch Political Report - Dutch Political Leaders Clash in Last Debate Before Elections
James Edwards – Ernst Zundel is released from prison
Townhall.com – Free Speech as a Casualty of Intimidation
Gates of Vienna – The Internal Enemy
Druhl’s Dialogue - European Reaction to the Netherlands’ Muslim Problem?
Baby Steps for British Eccentric – just thinking n writting
Vlad Tepes – Dutch Election Night News
AePiot – Chile calls for aid, looters break quake curfew – Sydney Morning Herald – NEWS from around the world – Israel English Italia Kenia Magyarorszag Malaysia Mexico Namibia Nederland New Zealand Nigeria
LoonWatch.com – Geert Wilders Seeks Hijab Ban at the Hague
Islamization Watch - Dutch Political Uncertainty Boosts “Far-Right” Party [Audio]
Matthew Yglesias - Karadzic’s Defense
4International – MEMBERS OF THE ENGLISH DEFENCE LEAGUE ARRESTED
Neerlandsch Nog Wat – Grrr
The Battle For Britain – GEERT WILDERS ARRIVES IN UK, ON COURSE TO BECOME DUTCH PM.
ProFreeOpinion.com – Pat Condell’s Thoughts On The Geert Wilders Case
Possess the Gates Ministries of Wisconsin – Islam/Koran(Qu’ran) Terrorism Connection (Wisconsin is not immune)
Ramparts 360 – The essence of failed counterinsurgency tactics
The Watchdog – Classic
DutchNews.nl – Two days to go, election campaigning picks up:
In Almere, a number of shopkeepers report being told to take down election posters for the fringe party NDP by men claiming to be from Geert Wilders anti-immigration party PVV.
‘I was phoned and told to take down a poster otherwise I would get a stone through the window,’ shopkeeper Cor Valies told the Parool.
Some 100 people dressed in pjamas covered with flowers took part in an anti-Wilders demonstration in the polder city at the weekend.
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British Democracy Forum - Thread: Wilders goes for headscarf ban in the Hague…
Mark Steyn, in NRO’s The Corner - Cover Version
Free Canuckistan – Steynian 406nd
Gates of Vienna – The Imam says Geert Wilders is Hitler
State Ethics - Patriotism = xenophobia
Mark Steyn, for NRO’s The Corner – Fringe Benefits:
Putting to one side the stupidity of the Dutch establishment in attempting to criminalize legitimate political opposition, one is struck by the media boilerplate: Wilders is the “extreme” “far-right” “fringe”, but the parties he beats are the “mainstream”? That there is a lot of what’s wrong with the European political discourse. Maybe he only seems so “extreme” and “far” because you’re the one out on the fringe.
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Financial Times – Gains for far-right in Dutch elections
Geert Wilders, the Dutch far-right anti-immigrant maverick, scored big gains in yesterday’s local elections in the Netherlands, according to projections last night, indicating he may dominate the political scene in the run-up to the general election in three months.
Yesterday’s poll, 10 days after the centrist coalition government collapsed, was seen as a gauge of the national mood ahead of the national elections on 9 June.
Wilders last night claimed a big victory, predicting: “We are going to conquer the entire country … We are going to be the biggest party in the country.”
With almost 400 local authorities being contested, the focus was on only two areas – The Hague and Almere, in the centre of the country – because of the campaign by the anti-Muslim populist to establish his Freedom party in local government for the first time.
According to early results this morning, he won in Almere and came second to the Dutch Labour party in The Hague, the only two places the Freedom Party was running because of a lack of resources and candidates.
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Capital News – Dutch go to polls
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Anti-Islam party makes major gains
Araminta Wordsworth, for the National Post’s Full Comment – Anti-Islamic Dutch leader gets his say in London
Small Dead Animals – Free Geert Wilders
DutchNews.nl – The Wilders effect:
We should not forget an overwhelming majority of people did not vote for Geert Wilders in the Hague and Almere, writes Robin Pascoe.
The results of Wednesday’s local elections are pretty much as had been expected, with Geert Wilders’ PVV emerging as the big winner. But before we get too carried away about the Netherlands swing to the far right, perhaps we should put it all into a little perspective.
After all, it became very clear before the vote that Wilders has no intention of actually getting involved in local government. He has made a ban on headscarves a central part of any coalition negotiations, something which he knows no other party supports.
So he has already effectively ruled the PVV out of any active role in local government. Wilders can continue to go on about left-wing multiculti whatever from the sidelines and focus all his attention on the national elections in June.
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Steyn Online – Politiken as usual
Diana West – Geert Wilders at the House of Lords
…On The Edge – YouTube – Geert Wilders Warning to America Part 2 of 2
Mark Steyn, for NRO’s The Corner – Disexceptionalizing America
Paul Belien, for the Brussels Journal – The Wilders Momentum:
Yesterday’s local elections in the Netherlands resulted in a victory for the Freedom Party (PVV) of opposition leader Geert Wilders. On June 9th the Dutch will again be called to the voting booths for the general elections. Yesterday’s outcome reinforces the PVV’s momentum, which may result in a political landslide next June with repercussions all over Europe. In yesterday’s local elections – the first ever in which Wilders’ party, established as recently as 2007, participated – the PVV became the biggest party in Almere and the second party in The Hague, two of the country’s major cities. The PVV won 21.6% of the votes in Almere and 16.9% in The Hague. The parties of the left had mobilized Muslim immigrants to come out and vote against Wilders. Many of them did so.
The Hague and Almere were the only two municipalities where the PVV fielded candidates for yesterday’s local elections. The PVV would also have done well in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and other cities, but decided not to run there. Wilders is leading a young party which still lacks a solid local structure. Rather than concentrating on quantity and fielding candidates wherever he could, even if he was not sure about the candidates’ background and talents, Wilders concentrated on quality. He could not afford to take the risk that in the three months remaining until June 9th, local PVV newcomers might discredit the PVV’s good reputation.
Wilders is a shrewd but cautious political strategist. He has learned from the experience of the LPF, the party of the late Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn. In many respects Fortuyn stood for the same ideas as Wilders. After Fortuyn’s assassination the LPF fell apart in quarrelling factions. In 2007 the party lost its 8 seats in Parliament, while the PVV gained 9 seats in the first parliamentary elections in which it participated.
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Weblog GeertWilders – Speech van Geert Wilders
DutchNews.nl – Turnout 56% as polls close
Winnipeg Free Press – Early returns show anti-immigration party win in Dutch city
Vlad Tepes – State owned media and incitement to murder
Rugfish and politics - We Don’t Need Filth Like Cameron in British Politics
Gates of Vienna – Then and Now: Part Eight
Expatica.com – Balkenende rules out coalition with Labour
Weblog GeertWilders – Speech House of Lords, London, Friday the 5th of March 2010:
Thank you. It is great to be back in London. And it is great that this time, I got to see more of this wonderful city than just the detention centre at Heathrow Airport.
Today I stand before you, in this extraordinary place. Indeed, this is a sacred place. This is, as Malcolm always says, the mother of all Parliaments, I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to speak before you.
Thank you Lord Pearson and Lady Cox for your invitation and showing my film ‘Fitna’. Thank you my friends for inviting me.
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English Defence League - Geert Wilders in London – Free Speech Defended
Expatica.com – Press Review Tuesday 2 March 2010
A New Dark Age Is Dawning – Ob andere uns glaubn, spielt kein Rolle: Islamkritiker Geert Wilders uber Friheit und westliche Werte
Express.co.uk - FEARS ON WILDERS’ UK VISIT
American Renaissance News – All Eyes on Far-Right Geert Wilders As Dutch Go to the Polls
Afro-Europe International Blog - A Dutch black woman celebrating a right wing victory?
Boyish, topped with a bouffant mane of bleached blond hair, cheerful and cherubic, Geert Wilders is the unlikely new face of the far Right in Europe. But appearances are deceptive. The leader of the Dutch anti-immigration Freedom Party has emerged as one of the most divisive politicians in Europe, the purveyor of a virulent brand of anti-Islamic rhetoric that calls for a tax on Islamic headscarves and a ban on the Koran, which he likens to Mein Kampf.
Mr Wilders is facing trial in a Dutch court for “inciting hatred”. Last year he was banned from Britain and turned away at Heathrow when he arrived here planning to show his short film, an incendiary anti-Islamic diatribe that the Dutch Prime Minister described as serving “no purpose other than to offend”.
On Friday, after successfully appealing against the Home Office ban, Mr Wilders will return to Britain at the invitation of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) to show his controversial film to an invited audience at the House of Lords. The English Defence League is expected to demonstrate in his support and Muslim groups are all but certain to mount protests.
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Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Before the vote: Wilders wins Dutch local elections
Gold Investment Stocks – Blond bombshell Geert Wilders returns to Britain, looking for a fight
Democratic Underground – All eyes on far-right Geert Wilders as Dutch go to the polls
BNPtv – Geert Wilders Warning to America
Casuals United Blog – Commies wish to disrupt legal protest
Liberal Whoppers – Cover Version — By: Mark Steyn
Diana West – Hijab Clarity, Western Salvation
The Christian Institute – Danish paper says sorry for Mohammed cartoon
Loganswarning – Dutch Anti-Islam Leader is Major Winner in Polls!!
The Associated Press – Dutch begin voting in local elections
Angus Reid Global Monitor – Dutch Party for Freedom Has Slight Edge
World Bulletin – Dutch vote for local elections
Egregores - Headscarves, Crosses, Yarmulkes, etc.
Dumb Old Housewives - Leraar draagt hoofddoek als protest
London hot news and trend – English Defense League (EDL) London Rally in Defense of Geert …
World Actual News – Cover Version — By: Mark Steyn
Values and Principles Blog – English Defense League (EDL) London Rally in Defense of Geert Wilders, Friday 2pm GO!
Allah.eu – Europe: 50-70% support burka ban
Fiery Spirited Zionist - Geert Wilders Party Gains Seats
DutchNews.nl – First impressions favour Balkenende
Eternalword - Geert Wilders: ANOTHER LOOK
Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell – Free Speech: A Casualty of Intimidation?
Liberal Whoppers – Fringe Benefits — By: Mark Steyn
World Actual News – Fringe Benefits — By: Mark Steyn
Herbert London, for Family Security Matters – Free Speech: A Casualty of Intimidation?
Gates of Vienna – Headscarf Men
ProFreeOpinion.com - Geert Wilders & Alfred Dreyfus Trials # 214.flv
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam party makes major gains
Narcissistic Views On News/Politics - Geert Wilders big winner in local polls.
The Impudent Observer – Geert Wilders–Go Home With Your Headscarves!
Global Politician – Geert Wilders vs. The Multicultural Inquisition
The Holland Bureau – Guest Blog: Wilders and the Local Elections, 3 March
Instapundit – March 3, 2010
Pitts Report – Islam critic Geert Wilders goes on trial in Netherlands
LaurenceJarvikOnline - Dutch Election Victory for Geert Wilders
DutchNews.nl - Liberal parties big winners in local elections
Greetje Greets You - Local Elections
Mix Mode - Municipal Elections in the Netherlands
The Independent – Wilders party set for gains in Dutch poll
Daniel Hannan – Geert Wilders and Nigel Farage test the limits of free speech
Gates of Vienna – Wilders Wins the TV Debate
Covenant Zone - Geert Wilders at Westminster
DutchNews.nl – Pension age increase declared controversial
Persevere – Wilders’ Best Witness
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Polling stations open early in the Netherlands
Today’s Zaman – Press Roundup
ForExPros.com – Reuters World News Highlights at 0600 GMT, March 4
The Green Arrow – Shafted up the Rear by Islam and Political Cowardice
KitmanTV - Hidden Camera at Geert Wilders Trial
Patriot’s Corner – Maybe this dork needs a good old fashioned Islamic stoning to clear his head
VolNation – The Geert Wilders trial in the Netherlands,
The Jawa Report – The Islamic Republic of Britain
FrontPage Mag – Wilders’ Best Witness:
As the trial of Geert Wilders for insulting Islam moves forward in the Netherlands, the one witness that could clear him of these charges will not be called.
Muhammad Taqi Usmani is a highly respected and well-known expert on Islamic law who served for 20 years as a Sharia judge on Pakistan’s Supreme Court. He is quite possibly the world’s most influential Islamist thinker and writer outside of the Middle East. Usmani is a frequent visitor to Britain, where his monograph Islam and Modernism caused a great deal of controversy.
Why is Usmani so important for the purposes of Wilders’ trial? Simply put, Usmani’s interpretation of Islamic doctrine as it concerns non-believers is the same as Wilders’. Indeed, the critical lesson to be gleaned from Usmani’s work bolsters the very argument that Wilders is on trial for making – namely, that the doctrine of jihad, as expounded in Islamic texts, inherently poses a threat to Western civilization. In fact, Osama Bin Laden made the exact same point in a lengthy essay entitled “Moderate Islam is a Prostration to the West” (reproduced in Raymond Ibrahinm’s The al Qaeda Reader).
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EuropeanVoice.com – The paper clip, 2 March
Tundra Tabloids – GEERT WILDERS’ PVV PARTY DOES WELL IN LOCAL ELECTIONS……!
The Black Kettle – Wilders’ Best Witness
Radio Free Britain - Geert Wilders leaps forward in polls
Raedwald - Wilders as Dutch PM?
Fiat Lux – 3-3-2010 The Day in Review
Freedom Center Students – Big gains for far-right leader Geert Wilders as Dutch go to the polls | World news | The Guardian
Assyrian International News Agency – Wilders’ Best Witness
Barrel Strength – Big News from Holland: Geert Wilders has the big Mo
Cordelia For Lear - Geert Wilders’ Victory Speech
Counter-Jihad Alliance – Geert Wilders TV debate – Vlad Tepes
Socialist Resistance – Emergency protest against the EDL in London this Friday 5 March
Denis Boyles, for NRO’s The Corner – That Wilders Win
Family Security Matters – Exclusive: Defining the Enemy
Before It’s News – English Defence League to protect “Free Speech” MP Geert Wilders
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Dutch local elections – the results:
The big winners in the Netherlands local elections on Wednesday: the D66 democrats and Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party, which made major gains. The GreenLeft party also did well. But the biggest percentage of votes went to independent parties and candidates.
The Christian Democrats (CDA) and Labour Party, the two parties responsible for the fall of the Dutch cabinet two weeks ago, both lost a large number of seats in the municipal council.The biggest loser of the night was the Socialist Party, which saw much of its popularity of four years ago vanish.
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Minnesota Prager Discussion Group – Geert Wilders’ Freedom Party Does Well In Local Dutch Elections
The Press Association – Far-right leader Wilders in UK
Gates of Vienna – The EDL: Marching in Support of Geert Wilders
LoonWatch.com – Geert Wilders: Making Gains in Local Elections
The Telegraph – Geert Wilders on course to be next Dutch prime minister
iMarketNews.com – Ldn FX: Yen Gains Pared As Rpt Stirs Japan Intervention Talk
Mount Eulympus - The Dutch remain calm after Geert Wilders’ election victory
New Testament News - Geert Wilders Is Major Winner In Dutch Local Elections
Pat Dollard – Geert Wilder’s Victory Speech
Times Of Malta – Press digest
Counterculture Con HQ – Prime Minister Geert Wilders?!
ModernityBlog – The EDL and Geert Wilders.
Common American Journal – The opportunity Geert Wilders has waited for
EuropeanVoice.com – The paper clip, 4 March
Signs of the Times – The Rise of Hate: Geert Wilders’s party wins seat in Dutch elections – early results
The Right Scoop – Video: Geert Wilders may be the next Dutch Prime Minister
Weasel Zippers – Netherlands: Geert Wilders PVV Party Wins Big in Local Elections…
Dale Hurd – Watch Geert Wilders Debate Islam on Dutch TV
The Jawa Report – Prime Minister Geert Wilders?
Muslim Activism Network – Geert Wilders on course to be next Dutch prime minister
Blazing Cat Fur - Geert Wilders in London
Vlad Tepes – BBC 2 speaks on Geert Wilders visit to the UK today
The Black Kettle – Geert Wilders on course to be next Dutch prime minister
Salim Mansur, in the Toronto Sun – Protect free speech, even if offensive
Small Dead Animals – Free Geert Wilders
MooseandSquirrel.ca – The other London greets Geert Wilders – and Geert Wilders at the House of Lords: ‘Never Surrender’
Socialist Worker Online – Anti-fascists confront the English Defence League in London
Financial Times – Anti-Islam MP shows film in UK
The Liberty Sphere - Free Speech Triumph–Geert Wilders Wins, Islamo-Fascists Lose Big!
Square Mile Wife - Today in London – All Kinds of Crazy Part 1:
The EDL crowd was supposed to meet at 1pm at a specified location to have their signs checked and meet with their organizers and police officials. I was not there when this happened. Instead I was at parliament where the anti-EDL crowd began to gather. This was a typical left-wing crowd, however there were a large number of people just standing around on the sidewalk away from this group, taking everything in. As there was some concern that people were using a nearby park to sneak around and cause trouble police closed the park and would not let people leave or enter it. According to one officer the anti-EDL group applied too late for a permit to protest – however the police agreed to accomodate them anyway within a specified time frame, which of course they did not stick to. The group was blocking traffic and refused to disband when ordered to by police (they wanted them to disband in order to avoid a major confrontation with the EDL – b/c they were refusing the police at a separate location were holding back the EDL from starting their march, which they had a permit for). This is when the trouble began – although I would not consider this ‘major.’ Essentially there was a bunch of pushing, shoving, being general jackasses towards the police, refusing to leave, sitting down on the road, etc. Police did their best to control and contain the situation, amidst screams of ‘you can’t touch me,’ ‘you are protecting nazis,’ ‘f*ck the police,’ ‘shame on you,’ etc. A reporter who was closer to the kerfuffle (hey I don’t get paid to do this so I try to go home injury free) told me that one protestor had been injured and while police medics were trying to help the individual, others started pushing and shoving the police. The end result of this was police hauling certain trouble making individuals away, one by one, and loading them onto a bus (one cop per detained individual on the bus, what a nice buddy system), which was filled and then driven away. The remaining protestors were pushed on the sidewalk where they were held back by police – they were eventually ordered to disperse with many leaving and a few heading up closer to parliament. During the scuffles with police (who were not even wearing riot gear) the a good portion of the crowd was chanting “No justice, no peace, f*ck the police.” However, once the individuals were loaded on the bus with the police, a small crowd gathered at the bus clapping, cheering ,and shouting “Unite and fight.” What happened to peace?
This crowd was typical left wing, Socialist Worker was for sale, trade unions were there with flags, people of all ages but mainly young communist types.
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Atlas Shrugs – Wilders Victory March in London: BE THERE TODAY LONDON
Get Some News – Geert Wilders to show anti-Koran film in Lords
The Gates of Hell – Geert Wilders’s party wins seat in Dutch elections
Islamophobia Watch – Geert Wilders on course to be next Dutch prime minister
Square Mile Wife -Today in London – All Kinds of Crazy Part Two:
After the anti-EDL people were detained, dispersed, or just went away, the EDL was ushered in by the police. They were ‘fired up’ but appeared relatively orderly. However when 3 young kids (late teens) began taunting them from right beside where I was standing (why are these people always drawn to me???) the rear of the crowd went wild, yelling and screaming and clearly trying to push through the police line and engage with the youngsters. In the end, nobody broke through the police line and the march continued. (Sidenote: These three ‘youths’ were black and Arab – and had been in the anti-EDL crowds, I had seen them before and they were clearly looking for a fight. Of course the fact that some of the EDL crowd lashed out seemed to be undeniable proof to bystanders that they were racist thugs.) Which brings me to the trouble with the EDL. SMW read their website with regards to this protest, and read the instructions given to member that their signs would be screened and that chanting things like “who the f*ck is allah” were not appropriate, however after watching the EDL for several hours today I am still convinced that it is part of hooligan culture. I do believe that there are a number of people in the EDL who love England, love English culture (real English culture) and who want to preserve it, and who want to ensure that the increasing influence of Islamists in the UK is stopped. But after that they lose me. Many of these men (and there were some women there too) appear to be working class folk who are extremely frustrated with the current situation. who are turning to the EDL as their voice. [Sidenote: Unlike in the past where EDL protestors have worn balaclavas, I did not see a single one today, nor did I see more than a couple of people on either side of the protest who had their face covered with a scarf.] The problem with the EDL is that it taps into hooligan culture (for my N/A readers I mean football hooliganism – if you are not familiar with it rent the movie Green Street). The EDL’s apparel is pretty familiar to some of the stuff you can for football clubs, they sing variations of football chants (as they did today), and they were also using various gestures today that are commonly used at football matches. What is the problem with this? Well, a little cheer is not a problem but when you are tapping into a culture that is based on street fighting and violence you are likely going to attract hooligans and people who are looking for a good fight. It really takes away from any legitmacy some of your arguments might have.
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Demotix.com – EDL Protest in Support of Geert Wilders visiting London
Mark Steyn, in NRO’s The Corner – Disexceptionalizing America
Gates of Vienna – Geert Wilders’ Freedom - Nazis in the Family Tree - The Natives Are Restless - “We Have Enough Islam in Europe Today” - An Unexpected Encounter - Geert Wilders’ Speech in the House of Lords - “Fitna” Screened at the House of Lords - and “I Stand Before You”
Barrel Strength – Geert Wilders at the House of Lords
The Guardian – When the English Defence League came to London
Newsnet 14 – Geert Wilders Causes A Stir In UK
Anorak News – When Geert Wilders Came To London: Pictures
Radio Netherlands Worldwide – Surprise! Dutch local politics become exciting
Counterculture Con HQ – Geert Wilders debates Wouter Bos of the PVDA (Socialists)
Atlas Shrugs – Geert Wilders Speech at the House of Lords
Erick Stakelbeck – Geert Wilders’ Speech Before Britain’s House of Lords
CI Centre CI & CT News – Geert Wilders speech in London today
Radical Muslim – The Fitna of Geert Wilders
The Blogmocracy – Geert Wilder’s Speech to The House of Lords
Refugee Resettlement Watch – Geert Wilders: the elite Left is guilty of practicing cultural relativism - and About Geert Wilders victory in the Netherlands yesterday
Girl on the Right – Geert Wilders makes it to the House of Lords
The Black Kettle – Is Geert Wilders the new William of Orange?
The Independent – Kenan Malik: I despise him, but that’s no reason to ban him
Islamization Watch - Dutch politician Geert Wilders in UK to show Islam film
Jihad Watch – EDL stands up against fascists in Britain - 55 seconds of truth from Geert Wilders - Jihad enablers scuffle with police outside Wilders address at House of Lords - Wilders arrives in London, will show Fitna in House of Lords - and Wilders, freedom win big in Netherlands!