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‘A Victory for Freedom of Speech’: Dutch Populist Geert Wilders Acquitted of ‘Hate’ Speech


Finally, following the recommendation of the prosecution itself that Geert Wilders be found ‘Not Guilty’ on all counts, the judgment of the Dutch court falls in favor of common sense.  This is a victory for free speech, a victory for truth, and a blow to Islamists and their sympathizers who wish to muzzle the voice of honest public discourse and take advantage of our democratic freedoms in the promotion of their own ideologies, and at the expense of our own.  Though the war rages on, freedom has today won a battle …

By Gilbert Kreijger and Aaron Gray-Block – “(Reuters) – Dutch populist politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of inciting hatred of Muslims in a court ruling on Thursday that may strengthen his political influence and exacerbate tensions over immigration policy.

The case was seen by some as a test of free speech in a country which has a long tradition of tolerance and blunt talk, but where opposition to immigration, particularly from Muslim or predominantly Muslim countries, is on the rise.

Instantly recognizable by his mane of dyed blond hair, Wilders, 47, is one of the most outspoken critics of Islam and immigration in the Netherlands.

His Freedom Party is now the third-largest in parliament, a measure of support for its anti-immigrant stance, and is the minority government’s chief ally.” Read more.

Wilders: In Defense of ‘Hurtful’ Speech – “Yesterday was a beautiful day for freedom of speech in the Netherlands. An Amsterdam court acquitted me of all charges of hate speech after a legal ordeal that lasted almost two years. The Dutch people learned that political debate has not been stifled in their country. They learned they are still allowed to speak critically about Islam, and that resistance against Islamization is not a crime. I was brought to trial despite being an elected politician and the leader of the third-largest party in the Dutch parliament. I was not prosecuted for anything I did, but for what I said.” Read more.

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