Procedure against Wilders is an attempt to assassinate the PVV- - - - - - - - -
By Luc van Kemenade
Filip Dewinter (Vlaams Belang) is shocked by the lawsuit against PVV leader Geert Wilders. According to the Belgian politician; it is a blatant attempt to destroy the PVV and silence Wilders.
So says Dewinter in response (on Wednesday) to the prosecution of Wilders for inciting hatred, offense and discrimination. It reminds the right-wing politician strongly of the prosecution of his own party the Vlaams Blok, which in 2004 was forced to dissolve by order of the Court.
Freedom of expression in the Netherlands is in grave danger, according to Dewinter. “The proceedings against Geert Wilders are an assassination attempt on a democratic party,” he says. “The Dutch government wants to silence Wilders. If he cannot be pushed back with the ballot box, then without any embarassment it opts for a legal proceeding.”
The court in Amsterdam on Wednesday decided Wilders must be prosecuted “for making discriminatory and instignating hateful remarks.” The Public Prosecutor earlier on decided not to prosecute Wilders. Then various individuals and organizations complained to the Court, which finally agreed.