Dutch far-right leader Wilders draws protest in Germany

2nd October 2010, Comments 2 comments

More than 100 people demonstrated outside a Berlin hotel against the presence of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, who was in the country to give a speech, police said.

Wilders, who is due to stand trial in the Netherlands on Monday for inciting hatred against Muslims, was invited to give a speech at the Hotel Berlin in the German capital by a right-wing German politician.

A spokesman for Berlin's police said more than 100 people attended the protest organised by the Social Democrats and an association opposed to extreme-right politics, which passed off peacefully.

Protestors, outnumbered by around 250 police, brandished photos of the shock-blond Wilders that portrayed him with a moustache similar to that worn by Adolf Hitler.

Wilders was invited to speak by Rene Stadtkewitz, who was expelled from the Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union and is launching his own right-wing party.

Wilders is set to become a shadow partner of the next Netherlands government.

A coalition deal will see his Party for Freedom (PVV) provide a minority cabinet of the Christian Democrats and liberals the majority they need to pass decisions through parliament.

The Dutch Christian Democrats held a special meeting on Saturday amid grassroots unhappiness over collaboration with Wilders.

The 47-year-old will stand trial in Amsterdam on five charges of giving religious offence to Muslims and inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims and people of non-western immigrant origin, particularly Moroccans.

The target of death threats, Wilders enjoys 24-hour state-sponsored protection while pursuing his mission to "stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands".

© 2010 AFP

2 Comments To This Article

  • Jim posted:

    on 5th October 2010, 02:13:16 - Reply

    If there was just one or two nut-case Muslims threatening the West, then I would think no more of the issue, but it is not just a few who threaten the West. For decades, Islamic terrorism has popped up around the world like a hydra-headed monster. Religious leaders routinely issue fatwas for the death of one more unbeliever.

    If the Muslim public spoke out against terrorism, I might have more hope that this was a minor problem that would go away in time--but the greater Muslim public stays silent.

    Wilders is saying he wants to stop Islamic immigration. No country is forced to accept immigrants from nations who publicly detest their culture. Immigration is a privilege, not a right.

    The tolerance of the West has been great for a long, long time--but after so many attacks, threats and insults--public opinion in the West is transforming. The forces of multi-culturalism and political correctness have stifled legitimate debate for long enough--finally people realize that the Emperor has no clothes--and they are not afraid to say so.
  • AliBaba posted:

    on 5th October 2010, 01:38:24 - Reply

    Finally someone who is not just a naive fool who just hopes this "Hijira" of moslems into Europe will magically work out. Sadly all the freedoms we enjoy will be destroyed because we are to afraid to offend anyone. This is just stupidity on our part. We have lived with our heads in the clouds too long - we need to protect our own culture for once - are we so afraid of appearing strong? We think just being disagreeable makes us bad. It is as if we want to commit cultural suicide. Are we fools? Brainwashed? I do not know.

    Meanwhile Imams call for killing us and we don't dare say a thing. We are just frightened people. So sad.