Geert Wilders Reacts to Conviction for Incitement

StoryfulPublished: January 13, 2017106 views
Published: January 13, 2017

Geert Wilders, the leader of the Dutch far-right Freedom Party, said on December 9 that a panel of judges who convicted him of incitement to discrimination had restricted the freedom of speech of millions of Dutch people.

The judges found that comments made by Wilders in 2014, in which he <a href="https://syfl-api.storyful.com/stories/151251" target="_blank">reportedly said</a> he would ensure there would be fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, were “demeaning and thereby insulting towards the Moroccan population,” according to <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/09/geert-wilders-found-guilty-in-hate-speech-trial-but-no-sentence-imposed" target="_blank">the Guardian</a>.

No sentence was given by the judges.

Reacting to the verdict, Wilders said no one trusted the judges as a result of the verdict and that he would never be silent.

“This sentences proves that you judges are completely out of touch,” Wilders said. He also railed against the Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, and the “metropolitan elite,” adding, “Support for the Party for Freedom is stronger than ever and keeps growing every day. The Dutch want their country back.”

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