Local police chief ‘on probation’ following Twitter comments

28 02 2011

From DutchNews.nl:

Police chief Gerda Dijksman from Zuidwest-Drenthe district has been removed from her job following unease about her use of the microblogging service Twitter.

In one message she called Geert Wilders’ anti-Islam party PVV a fascist organisation. In another, she made a joke about a double death from carbon monoxide poisoning.

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Anti-Wilders Nazi cartoon removed

28 02 2011

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

The website of a left-leaning public broadcaster has removed a cartoon depicting a plan by the far-right PVV party as a Nazi death camp following serious threats to its staff.

The cartoon, by Adriaan Soeterbroek and posted on the VARA’s Joop.nl site, ridiculed a PVV plan to create
“hooligan villages”, likening them to a Nazi concentration camp with PVV leader Geert Wilders showing the inmates into a shower. In World War II millions of people, mostly Jews and Roma gypsies, were killed in Nazi gas chambers disguised as showers.

The VARA says it removed the cartoon after careful consideration, saying that while freedom of expression is a key right some of its staff felt too threatened to continue working. The broadcaster has reported the incident to the police.

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Wilders criticises VVD, CDA election campaign

27 02 2011

From DutchNews.nl:

The CDA and VVD ruling parties should be more high profile in the ongoing provincial election campaign, Geert Wilders, leader of the anti-Islam PVV, said on Wednesday.

The elections take place on March 2 and opinion polls show that the minority coalition and alliance partner PVV will not win a majority of seats in the senate, or upper house of parliament.

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Meanwhile, from NIS News Bulletin: Wilders complains VVD and CDA invisible.





Christian Union wants constitutional Sharia ban

27 02 2011

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Christian Union Senator Roel Kuiper wants to amend the Dutch constitution to include a ban on Sharia, Islamic law. Senator Kuiper made his statement in an interview with newspaper Trouw.

The Christian Union politician wants to ban Islamic law because it is “not rooted in principles which form part of Dutch culture. Our rights, the way we treat each other, our norms of good and evil have all been molded by Christianity.”

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Senator Kuiper also wants to regulate the flow of money from Arab countries to Dutch mosques. The Christian Union politician says these measures are necessary “to take the Islam debate in the Netherlands a step forward”. Freedom Party leader Geert Wilders has enthusiastically welcomed Senator Kuiper’s proposal. “Sharia is based on the Qur’an. So this means an end to head scarves, halal food, the Qur’an etc.”

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Wilders considers steps against fake PVV site

27 02 2011

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide:

Freedom Party (PVV) leader Geert Wilders is considering taking legal action against a fake PVV site. He said he would meet with his lawyer to discuss his options.

The site www.pvvhaaglanden.nl has been online for a week and bears a close resemblance to the national PVV site. The photographs are the same, only the texts are different.

Visitors to the site are informed that the PVV wants to build a nuclear power plant on the beach at Scheveningen near The Hague “because the sand there is most suitable for construction purposes”. The party allegedly also wants to cut down all trees in The Hague because they pose a clear threat to motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.

Also, Egyptian geese, an exotic species in the Netherlands, are to be detained and sent back to their country of origin. And the site encourages young men between the age of 18 and 25 to apply for a training course to become an ‘urban commando’ so they can crack down on young Moroccans.

Geert Wilders has confirmed that the site is “totally fake”. Machiel de Graaf, PVV party leader in The Hague, has refused to comment.

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According to DutchNews.nl, an anti-fascist group called AFA has since claimed responsibility for the site and taken it offlline.





European Free Speech Under Attack

26 02 2011

By Geert Wilders, in the Wall Street Journal:

“The lights are going out all over Europe,” British Foreign Secretary Edward Grey famously remarked on the eve of World War I. I am reminded of those words whenever I read about Europeans being dragged into court for so-called hate-speech crimes.

Recently, Danish journalist Lars Hedegaard, president of the International Free Press Society, had to stand trial in Copenhagen because he had criticized Islam. Mr. Hedegaard was acquitted, but only on the technicality that he had not known that his words, expressed in a private conversation, were being taped. Last week in Vienna, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff, an Austrian human-rights activist, was fined €480 for calling the Islamic prophet Muhammad a pedophile because he had consummated his marriage to a nine-year old girl. Meanwhile, my own trial in Amsterdam is dragging on, consuming valuable time that I would rather spend in parliament representing my million-and-a-half voters.

How can all this be possible in supposedly liberal Europe? The Dutch penal code states that anyone who either “publicly, verbally or in writing or image, deliberately expresses himself in any way that incites hatred against a group or people” or “in any way that insults a group of people because of their race, their religion or belief, their hetero- or homosexual inclination or their physical, psychological or mental handicap, will be punished.”

Early in 2008, a number of leftist and Islamic organizations took me to court, claiming that by expressing my views on Islam I had deliberately “insulted” and “incited hatred” against Muslims. I argued then, as I will again in my forthcoming book, that Islam is primarily a totalitarian ideology aiming for world domination.

Last October, my former colleague in the Dutch parliament, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, wrote in these pages of the way in which Islamic organizations abuse our freedoms in order to limit them. “There are,” she wrote, “the efforts of countries in the Organization of the Islamic Conference to silence the European debate about Islam,” citing their strategy “to pressure international organizations and the European Union to adopt resolutions to punish anyone who engages in ‘hate speech’ against religion. The bill used to prosecute Mr. Wilders is the national version of what OIC diplomats peddle at the U.N. and EU.”

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Dutch Coalition May Fail to Win Upper-House Majority, Poll Shows

26 02 2011

From Bloomberg Businessweek:

Feb. 18 (Bloomberg) — Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s coalition of Liberals and Christian Democrats and their Freedom Party supporters may fail to win a majority in the upper house of parliament after provincial elections in March, a poll found.

A failure by the government to secure an upper-house majority will make it more difficult for Rutte to push through legislation. The three parties have been without a majority in the chamber since taking office in October.

The three parties together are set to take 35 seats, three too few for a majority in the 75-member chamber, according to the poll by Synovate for NOS television. That compares with 38 seats in a Synovate poll last week. The Liberals and Christian Democrats currently have 35 seats in the upper house, while the Freedom Party, led by Geert Wilders, has none.

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