Freedom Party furious at Wilders-Hitler jibe

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Far-right Freedom Party PVV local councillors in The Hague have demanded apology from writer Karel Kanits for comparing their party’s leader Geert Wilders to Adolf Hitler.

During Thursday’s Liberation Day festivities Mr Kanits described Mr Wilders as a “bleached Führer” – a reference to the anti-Islam MP’s trademark bleached hair.

“We are firm advocates of free speech,” said Freedom Party councillor Richard de Mos on Sunday. “But this sort of comparison, paid for out of Freedom Party voters’ taxes, is unwarranted. Of all days, on the day we celebrate the defeat of Hitler’s Germany in 1945, The Hague city council programmes a loudmouth who comes with this filthy and lowdown comparison.”

The Freedom Party councillors are demanding that Mr Kanits make a public apology and pay back his engagement fee.

Censorship In April, because historian and writer Thomas von der Dunk planned to compare the rise of the Freedom Party to the rise of Nazism. The lecture is named after an openly gay Dutch World War II liberation hero and is supposed to tackle controversial topics.

The selection committee said the planned lecture was too party political, and Mr Von der Dunk refused to tone down the content. He went on to deliver the address anyway outside the provincial government building.

There were claims that provincial councillors from the ruling VVD and Christian Democrat parties had the lecture banned under pressure from the Freedom Party. The minority coalition relies on the support of Freedom Party MPs in parliament.

At a Liberation Day festival on Thursday, the organisers banned a band from performing a song describing Geert Wilders as the “Mussolini of the Low Countries”.

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3 Comments To This Article

  • Vink posted:

    on 12th May 2011, 10:47:21 - Reply

    Ok, so let me get this straight...Wilders and his PVV make a film that promotes descrimination and the banishment of the Muslim faith. He also compares the Koran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf," which the main basis is the descrimination and the banishment of the Jewish faith.

    And Wilders is now before the courts charged with promoting hate. His defense? Freedom of expression!

    Yet when he's criticised by a author who draws the obvious parallels between Wilders' manifesto and Hiter's, Wilders, PVV and the Muslim Phopes scream "slander" and talk about how "couragous" Wilders is to promote his religion based attacks.

    My father was with the Dutch Underground and spent a year in a German concentration camp for fighting against this kind of twisted and hateful thinking.

    Indeed Woods you're right...pure ignorance, but sadly on your's and Fran's part.
  • woods posted:

    on 9th May 2011, 12:00:01 - Reply

    Well said, Fran! Pure ignorance on his part...
  • Fran posted:

    on 9th May 2011, 10:51:14 - Reply

    People like that Karel Kaniits don't just criticize- they slander. There is absolutely no truth to what he says about Wilders- if he wasn't so ignorant he'd realize that. But then some who have huge opinions also have an attitude. Too bad he doesn't know Wilders. Geert is one of the few men who have the kind of courage it takes to expose Islam for the 7th century fanaticism it really is. Islamits don't want to just bring their religious law to the host countries- then want to imopose it. Geert Wilders is the exact opposite of an Adolf Hitler. What rubbish !