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AMSTERDAM — the gap between non-Muslims and Muslims is widening, stated Contact Organ Muslims and government (CMO). “It’s more than ever us versus them”, said vice chairman Yusuf Altuntas.
Through the website of De Telegraaf yesterday about seven thousand responses came to our questionnaire regarding the matter. Many respondents said the decision to prosecute Wilders is yet another example of the ongoing Islamisation of The Netherlands. “Slowly but surely Islam gets its way once again. Disgusting!” one of the typical responses.
Amsterdammer Piet Jan Poelman will therefore do something about it. “When Wilders runs out of money for his lawyer, he can use mine: Cleerding & Hamer. That way he doesn’t have to worry about the bill.”
The CMO, the official spokespartner for the government, is rather worried about the consequences for the atmosphere in the nation. “There are unquestionably two camps in The Netherlands; Wilders is right now completely in his element,” said Altuntas, who is also director of the Turkish mosque Milli Görüs. “We just started to try to ignore his insults, which reduced his popularity. And now he is again in the limelight.”
Despite all this, Altunas favors prosecution. “If this is the price we have to pay for the message that nobody is above the law, so be it.” Mustafa Aarab, program leader of the Muslim Dutch Broadcasting Corporation (NIO) thinks differently. He is likewise worried about rising tensions between non-Muslims and Muslims. “People are afraid of Islamisation. I can’t understand why Muslims say they are happy with the prosecution. The gap only gets wider, just because of it. Lawyer Haroon Raza, one of the plaintiffs in the case, finds the complaint justifiable. “Should it have undesired effects, so be it.”
The same is said by Art. 1, national expertise center on discrimination “Wilders had a carte blanche to be able to say anything, for he wasn’t prosecuted. This time a different signal has been given. We expect a massive response, but everybody should know that people who want to say anything about Muslims won’t be muzzled, really.”