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Dutch politician Wilders draws protests in Berlin

The Local · 3 Oct 2010, 09:55

Published: 03 Oct 2010 09:55 GMT+02:00

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More than 500 people gathered to hear Wilders speak at the Hotel Berlin. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Berlin's police said over 100 people gathered for a protest against the anti-Islam politician's visit.

The demonstration, which was organised by the Social Democrats and an association opposed to extreme-right politics, 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.

In his speech at the Hotel Berlin, Wilders claimed Germany's national identity, democracy and prosperity were threatened by Islamic political ideology. "A Germany full of mosques and full of veiled women is no longer the Germany of Schiller and Heine, Bach and Mendelssohn," he said.

The 47-year-old politician also took aim at Chancellor Merkel and Germany's established parties, accusing them of accepting the "Islamisation" of Germany.

Wilders was invited to speak in Berlin by ousted former conservative politician René Stadtkewitz, who recently announced he was forming a new "Freedom" party in Germany.

In an interview with the Sonntag Aktuell newspaper, Green party parliamentary group leader Jürgen Trittin said Wilders' visit was an "affront to Berlin's cosmopolitan tradition," in a city that is home to hundreds of thousands of Muslims. "We must stop all attempts by smug right-wing populists and Islamophobic bigots to marginalise and vilify these fellow citizens," he said.

Wilders' anti-immigration Freedom Party (PVV) won record support in the June election in the Netherlands, giving it the third highest vote and an unprecedented bargaining position.

At a special party congress in the Dutch city of Arnhem on Saturday, members of the Dutch Christian Democrats (CDA) agreed to a power deal with the Liberal party (VVD), which would rely on support from Wilders' PVV.

In the run-up to the decision, German politicians expressed concern over the pact.

Wilders is due to stand trial in Amsterdam on Monday 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.

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


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11:08 October 3, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
He is RIGHT! Get a clue people!
11:51 October 3, 2010 by Barry James
We in Australia have boats arriving here, refugees being housed in motels, because the appropriate centers are overflowing. We have the space for these people, not the infrastructure - although it is not Politically Correct to say it, however, we feel we are being 'invaded'. Our Government really cannot control this situation, because they are bound to UN conventions and treaties that Politicians of both persuasions have signed over the years - without the sanction of Australian voters - (voting is compulsory here). They use platitudes about 'multiculturalism', however, the 'ghettos' these policies have spawned over the years are nowhere in the vicinity of our 'political betters' and their neighborhoods. (Our UN loving Prime Minister has just purchased a 2.2 million dollar Mansion, the same with her predecessor Rudd - no boat people there). I feel, rightly or wrongly, politicians like Geert Wilders, are only a reaction to disaffected populations, who through UN sanctions, take away the right of individual nations through their elected representatives, to choose, who they should or should not have as immigrants.
12:01 October 3, 2010 by closeenough
Good for Geert, I expect him to gather further support if the latest supposed call by Bin Laden for violence in Europe comes to pass. Interesting that the dutch with their reputation for tolerance are taking the lead on this issue. Sounds like every they have finally had enough.
12:10 October 3, 2010 by Barry James

Yes, I agree. I note the countries with the most 'progressive' train of thought in these situations, dating back to the sixties and seventies, France and Holland, seem to be leading the way in this situation. Cheers.
17:33 October 3, 2010 by So36
Yes, if you consider bigotry and fearmongering the way forward Geert's your man.
23:19 October 3, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
So36 why do you label it "bigotry" when the results of these past policies are becoming clearer by the day! Or is that all you have for and argument? Name calling...
01:09 October 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
A rose is a rose, pal. The symbiotic relationship between the ultra right wing anti-Muslim nationalists and the Islamic terrorists is self-evident. Both are trying to provoke a global holy war, and from the look of things they are close to succeeding. May you live in interesting times, indeed.
01:34 October 4, 2010 by ww77ww
Oh look at that, another empty head making Nazi comparisons as a way to distract from the truth. Good job. Apparently you verstehst nothing indeed.

It's funny that previously aimless and invisible nations like France and Netherlands could set the stage to at least make a lesser disaster in the future. At least they are trying, and not rolling over like some others.
06:51 October 4, 2010 by kellermeyerm
I find it interesting that, after what the Dutch suffered during the German occupation, that a Dutchman would come to Berlin to warn the Germans of impending danger. As much as I hate to admit it, he's probably right. Germany will most likely be a Caliphate living under Sharia law before the end of this century. Holland too. Pity.
10:12 October 4, 2010 by freechoice
and i don't think it helps if the native Germans themselves are not going to church and listening to Bach and Mendelssohn but prefers Scorpions, Helloween, Destruction, Grave Digger and Sodom.
10:52 October 4, 2010 by Johnne

Thank you very much for your comment. some people prefer to preach hate and distruction and call people names, it is easy to generalize and call all Muslims terrorists. History is not too far from here.. I´m not sure if for example Australians remember that it is indeed the Aborigins that are suppose to be complaining? I promise bigots that it is just the beginning of "multicuturism" in the west. I think it´s high time we stop calling Robert Mugabe names because I see thousands if Mugabes here in Europe:-)) these bigots ain´t better than him.
12:20 October 4, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Wilders is the most rational voice in Europe, and you call him "ultra right wing"?

What does that say about the rest of Europe? Somewhere to the left of Marx, or just suicidally insane?
13:06 October 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Wilders is the most rational voice in Europe?! That suggestion certainly re-defines "rational." By the way, doesn't his trial start today?

I love the slogans behind Wilders in the photograph: "Die Freiheit" and "We Love Liberty." In the irony department they rank right up there with "Arbeit Macht Frei."
13:10 October 4, 2010 by beautifulworld
I do feel quite sorry for Germany. They extended their friendliness and now it has been completely abused, their welfare system exploited and now they are headed for the hell hole all in the name of Democracy. Their immigration policies has contributed to the influx of un educated migrants ho will milk the whole country dry. You only need to go to Kreuzberg and many other areas of Berlin to know what I am Talking about. I am afraid but it is too late to redeem itself and I don't want to imagine what desperate measures they will take in the future.
13:35 October 4, 2010 by Prufrock2010
More on "the most rational voice in Europe":


It's worth a read, John Paul.
15:28 October 4, 2010 by raandy
John Paul,, He is against firearm ownership.....he was asked that in the USA,,still think he is the most rational voice on the continent?
01:00 October 5, 2010 by vb74
What has happened in Europe that when you critisize another group who does nothing but talk about how much they despise us you can be arrested. Why have European goverments put the rights and safety of their citizens second to

a group of ungrateful people who clearly hate western culture and our values? All across western nations people are beginning to ask these questions and it seems their is a growing feeling that we need a whole new type of leadership.
01:46 October 5, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Europe obviously has a very serious problem, another liberal "progressive social experiment" gone very badly wrong! Of course, anyone who dares mention it is labelled "ultra right wing" or worse.

Wake up, you idiots! You are being invaded by an enemy which hates and despises everything western civilization stands for, an openly declared enemy which has boasted that it can now take over Europe without firing a shot.
01:53 October 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
If you don't think Geert Wilders is ultra right wing, JP, you are living in a parallel universe. The barbarians at the gate are no more dangerous than the barbarians in our governments. This very mentality you exhibit will be the undoing of western civilization (an oxymoron, granted), not the outing of extreme right wing populist whack jobs like Wilders.
04:25 October 5, 2010 by JohnPaul44
Wilders may be ultra right wing in modern European terminology, but in my parallel universe, he is a hopeless voice crying in the wilderness of liberal insanity. Mahatma Gandhi would be seen as right wing in Europe today. At least, his policies of passive resistance would be better than simply opening the gates.

You seem to admit that the barbarians are at the gates! What do you suggest doing about it that will not destroy what is left of western civilization?
12:02 October 5, 2010 by Prufrock2010
I really don't admit that the barbarians are at the gate. That term was used derisively as a reference to the paranoid xenophobes among us who are given to such hyperbole. I do, however, think that there are plenty of barbarians in our midst, including the aforementioned xenophobes and the politicians who pander to their paranoia for political gain.

Your characterization of a "liberal" Europe today is contrary to all evidence. Europe is trending more nationalistic and reactionary today than at any time since the end of World War II, or at least the demise of Franco. Far Right movements are gaining momentum from France to Sweden and Denmark. Traditionally liberal countries like the Netherlands are being swept along in this wave, as is Germany. This is not the Germany of Adenauer or Brandt. Hungary has made a sharp right turn, as has Poland. The nationalist thugs are back in power in Serbia, and in Austria, the perennial playground of the ultra right wing, it is business as usual. Haider may be gone but is far from forgotten. Even Switzerland, that bastion of neutrality and apolitical money-laundering, has banned the building of minarets. Italy is run by a wannabe Mussolini named Berlusconi, who is derisively referred to as "the octopus" in what little Italian media he doesn't control. Berlusconi avoids prosecution by strong-arming his hand-picked parliament to retroactively change the laws after he has violated them, or by changing the statute of limitations ex post facto so that he is immune from prosecution.

If you think that Europe is liberal, you have a very, very strange notion of liberalism. I think you wrote somewhere else that you haven't been to Germany in fifty years or so. This is not the Germany you remember from your last visit. This is a Germany, and a greater Europe, that is getting ready to re-open the concentration camps. This time the people will not be able to pretend they don't know about them because they will be begging for them.
13:39 October 5, 2010 by beautifulworld
Very true. If I were a muslim or a coloured foreigner living in Europe , I'd start packing up my bags.
19:11 October 5, 2010 by vonSchwerin
"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."

Although I disagree with Wilders's ideas, he's no Hitler.

1) He does not advocate an end to parliamentary democracy. Hitler made no secret of his hatred for democracy and parliamentarianism.

2) Wilder's may be anti-Islamic, which is not nice, but his racism or bigotry is not biologically based. Hitler had Christians of Jewish birth killed. He issued laws restricting the reproductive freedom of Christians of Jewish ancestry.

3) I don't believe that Wilders intends any eugenics, mass selective breeding, or widespread euthanasia to rid society of "life not worth living."
00:14 October 6, 2010 by JohnPaul44
I admit I have not been to Germany in over 50 years. The German people I saw then were honest and hard-working, rebuilding their country after the destruction of the war. I heard no whining for more welfare payments!

To me, liberalism means a welfare state, total government control, and politically-correct indoctrination in our schools. It is more destructive to the spirit and soul of a people than any war.

The US national debt is now about 13 trillion, and growing by about a trillion per year. What are the annual interest payments on 13 trillion? I have read a report from our own government that predicts that within ten years, interest payments alone on our national debt will exceed our entire national tax revenue at current tax rates.

Our liberal schools now hand out high school diplomas to students who can barely read and write, because to withhold the diplomas might damage their delicate "self-esteem."

Freedom? America now has more laws and regulations per square foot than any country in the world. Of course, in their infinite wisdom, Ethe liberals tell us that is "for our own good."

Enough ranting for now! Yes, I am a reactionary.
01:36 October 6, 2010 by Prufrock2010
At least you're honest. Misguided, ill-informed, probably well-meaning but honest nonetheless. You can blame the US national debt on Reagan and his successors, who bankrupted the country. But that's another story. Were it not for the progressives, there would be no women's suffrage, no labor unions, no Social Security, no Medicare, no Brown v. Board of Education, no Civil Rights Act of 1964, no Voting Rights Act of 1965, Jim Crow would still be the law of the South and the plutocracy would have turned the US into a banana republic. That's also a debate for another time and another place. So I'll leave it at that, except to suggest that if you want to practice what you preach, don't cash your Social Security checks. Just send them back to the Treasury for those who could use them in these difficult times. Thanks for your honesty. Yes, you are definitely a reactionary. That's not something I would be proud of, but thankfully I'm not you.
06:53 October 6, 2010 by JohnPaul44
I partially concede some of your points as good in theory, but rest assured that I still have arguments for most of them, especially Board of Education. I blame both political parties equally for bankrupting the country.

I could probably survive without my Social Security check, but I know many people could not. What happens to those people totally dependent on the government when the country crashes? I paid into it for 45 years and hope to get some of my money back. I don't know how old you are, but I hope you are not depending on Social Security for your future.
17:24 February 21, 2012 by Doggy
This is a Germany, and a greater Europe, that is getting ready to re-open the concentration camps. This time the people will not be able to pretend they don't know about them because they will be begging for them. "

I hope it will never happen . It will never happen there are bases in Germany to avoid it. Let¦#39;s look at the bright side. Come on ! I just had read couple of his articles. He is a lawyer by education, and he insisted his Dutch gvt should apologize for its passive role during WWII toward the victims. I really think is never too late to apologize in this case.
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