How to reach the Dutch government

25 01 2009

According to some of the information in the Dutch media, many people there think that what is happening to Geert Wilders is not of any particular interest to people outside of the Netherlands.  Since much of the mainstream media is still busy gushing over the Obama coronation inauguration, they have little time for actual news from around the world.  (Could the timing of the announcement of this appeals court decision have anything to do with it?  I don’t know….you’ll have to make your own mind up on that!)

Therefore, it is essential that the Dutch government be made aware that people all over the world are indeed paying attention:  and are not happy about this abuse of judicial process.  So, how do we go about it?

Tundra Tabloids has a post which lists the contact information for most of the Dutch Embassies in Europe:  phone and fax numbers as well as email addresses.  Very useful – thanks for the legwork!

Victimlescriminal – an outspoken supporter of Free Speech on YouTube – has a gaggle of videos calling attention to this case.  In the following video, he supplies the physical address – as well as the email address – of Mr. Ernst Hirsh Ballin, the Dutch Minister of Justice.

Send Mr. Ballin a note, telling him exactly what you think about this kind of justice!

Victimlesscriminal also points out that while sending an email is a very good thing, sending an old fashioned, snail-mail letter – in ink, on paper – is actually more effective.  Once a piece of mail is received by a government, it must be dealt with using more rigorous procedures than a simple email.

Please, sign the petition.  If you can afford it, send a bit of cash.  And, if you can spare the time, contact the Dutch government directly:  send a note to Minister Ballin or give your local Dutch Embassy a call!  As they say, the squeaky hinge gets the oil…

Now is not the time to stay silent!

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25 01 2009
Karen

Just spent about a half hour emailing the Holland tourism bureau and several Amsterdam travel agencies the following:

“I have just removed Amsterdam as our families starting destination city for our summer European vacation based on your governments decision to prosecute Geert Wilders for “hate crimes” and to limit free speech,

I am saddened by this turn of events as I so love Amsterdam and Holland.

I thought you should know how your government’s decisions to bow to Muslim pressures affect you personally and how it might affect Holland’s tourism industry as a whole. There are many like me who are mindful of what is happening there and praying that your Government will stand up for itself and the ideals of freedom.

I will miss the “real Holland” and its beautiful peaceful people and rich heritage and I am sorry I cannot share that with my teenagers this summer, but I refuse to spend my money in a country that does not defend free speech and basic human rights.

Karen McCormick

USA ”

Main office Amsterdam Tourism & Convention Board
(business only)
Monday – Friday: 09:00-17:00
De Ruyterkade 5, 1013 AA, Amsterdam
Telephone Reception: 020-551 2512
http://www.atcb.nl

North Holland Tourism Link

http://www.noord-holland.com/content/content.asp?menu=00002000074_000000_000000_000000

26 01 2009
walker morrow

Thanks for sharing, Karen. Yes, let’s hope that if we can put enough pressure on the government, and on the country’s business, that perhaps they’ll reconsider Geert’s case. Sort of an unnofficial sanction, I guess.

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