Geert Wilders and the Koran on Trial

29 09 2010

From Gates of Vienna:

Sergei Bourachaga returns with a follow-up to his earlier article about the Koran’s hate speech, extending his argument to take in the legal case against Geert Wilders.

Rotterdam Mosque, Geert Wilders
Geert Wilders and the Koran on Trial
by Sergei Bourachaga

In early October 2010, the Dutch Ministry of Justice will move ahead with the prosecution of Geert Wilders, a democratically elected member of Parliament who leads the most popular opposition party in the Netherlands. By now it is very clear to all those who followed the chronological development of this “kangaroo-type” prosecution that the Dutch government is not motivated by a quest for justice, but by an overzealous drive to silence what is politically incorrect to express in public, even if it is rooted in scientifically observed, measured, and validated facts. In other words, prosecutors have been instructed to sever the head of a very vocal person and display it in a highly visible place, as a reminder of the price every person in the kingdom has to pay for refusing to tolerate Islamic intolerance of Western values.

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Democracy raises its head again within the PVV

29 09 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

PVV MP Martin Bosma is opposed to moves to increase democracy within the anti-Islam party which has no members and keeps its funding secret, he told various newspapers at the weekend.

In the interviews to mark the publication of his new book, Bosma said he was against the idea of a party congress which would give members a say in policy. Bosma is widely seen as party leader Geert Wilders’ closest aide.

‘A membership structure is a failure factor when you are building up your organisation,’ he said in Volkskrant. ‘A membership structure is a bureaucracy.’ Instead, internet allowed the PVV to communicate openly with voters, he said.

Dissident PVV MP Hero Brinkman told news agency ANP on Sunday that Bosma was talking out of turn. MPs had agreed to look at the democratisation of the party after talks on forming a new coalition government had been completed, Brinkman said.

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Wilders angry at political tint to queen’s speech

28 09 2010

Via DutchNews.nl:

Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam PVV, feels his party came under attack by references to the need for ‘stable government’ in the queen’s speech, the Telegraaf reports on Wednesday.

Wilders described the speech, in which the queen said stable government was necessary for economic recovery, as a ‘total nothing’. And he accused prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende, who writes the speech for the monarch, of ‘rabble rousing’.

The PVV, Christian Democrats and VVD Liberals are currently in talks on forming a new minority government which will have PVV support in parliament. But if the talks succeed, the coalition will only have a majority of one. In addition, the PVV will have the right not to support policies it disagrees with.

‘A minority or majority cabinet says nothing about stability,’ Wilders said.

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Negotiators in last dash for coalition agreement

28 09 2010

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Negotiators are on the brink of finalising a coalition agreement for a new Dutch cabinet. The deal between the conservative VVD and Christian Democrats should be in place within the next 48 hours, according to sources in The Hague. At the same time the two parties will sign a separate agreement with the far-right Freedom Party, on which the new cabinet will rely for its majority in parliament.

If the agreements are ready within the next two days, they can be put to a special Christian Democrat (CDA) congress for approval as early as Saturday. All eyes will then be on the CDA, as many in the party have expressed grave concerns about the cooperation with Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party. Christian Democrat leader Maxime Verhagen has faced broadsides from a string of party elder statesmen, and two dissident CDA MPs threaten the coalition’s flimsy one-seat majority. To complicate matters further, on Saturday Mr Wilders will be giving an anti-Islam speech in Berlin.

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Meanwhile, via Expatica.com: Christian Democrat rift widening over PVV.





VVD Liberals overtake anti-Islam party in latest poll

27 09 2010

From DutchNews.nl:

The right-wing VVD Liberals have overtaken Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam PVV in the latest Synovate opinion poll, news agency Novum reports on Friday.

The VVD is now on 32 seats, one up on its total in the June election, while the PVV is on 31, up seven.

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Indonesian ambassador ‘unwise’ to say PVV voters may be ‘psychotic’

27 09 2010

Via DutchNews.nl:

PVV leader Geert Wilders has urged the Dutch foreign minister to summon Indonesia’s ambassador to the Netherlands because of his ‘scandalous statements’ about the anti-Islam party and its supporters.

Ambassador Yunus Effendi Habibie says in an interview with Thursday’s Financieele Dagblad that the planned October visit by Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhynono would be ‘very much in doubt’ if the PVV is part of the next coalition government.

‘Of course the president will not come here if there is someone in the cabinet who says Islam is backward. I do not want my president to be seen as a clown’ the ambassador told the paper.

The ambassador went on to say that the relationship between the Netherlands and its former colony would be hurt if Wilders joins the government.

And, he suggested, the people who voted for Wilders could be ‘psychotic’

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Acquit Geert Wilders!

27 09 2010

From Gates of Vienna:

The trial of Geert Wilders is about to reconvene, and although the proceedings are pre-cooked — “railroading” is probably too mild a term for what is being done to Mr. Wilders — some of the most prominent legal scholars in the Netherlands have spoken out against the case.

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