Leader of the most popular party in the Netherlands (Partij voor de Vrijheid PVV Freedom Party), anti-Islam Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for inciting hatred and discrimination after he led supporters in an anti-Moroccan chant at a post-election meeting.
Dutch News ‘Politicians can go far in what they say, that is part of freedom of speech. But the freedom is limited by the ban on discrimination,’ the short prosecution department statement said. Wilders said in a statement at the time he would not take back his words and that he did want ‘fewer Moroccans’ and ‘less Islam’ in the Netherlands.
Wilders also said he would not allow himself to be silenced. The investigation dates back to a post-vote meeting with supporters in The Hague in March, when Wilders asked the crowd ‘and do you want more or fewer Moroccans in your city and in the Netherlands?’ To which the crowd chanted ‘fewer, fewer, fewer’. ‘We’ll arrange that,’ Wilders said, smiling, when the chanting died down.
In 2010, Wilders was found not guilty of inciting hatred and discrimination at an earlier trial. The MP said the decision to prosecute him was ‘incomprehensible’. ‘I have said what millions of people think,’ he told news agency ANP. ‘The PVV is currently the biggest party in the polls. That obviously does not please the elite.’