Another example of the erosion of free speech

Another example of the erosion of free speech, by Jaymez.

Geert Wilders, leader of the Party of Freedom in The Netherlands, is to be put on trial for hate speech. His crime?

He asked a crowd of supporters at a rally in Den Hague, “Do you want more or fewer Moroccans in this city?” The crowd then chanted “Fewer! Fewer! Fewer!” Wilders said, “I’ll take care of that.”

More than 6,400 racial vilification complaints were filed based on that incident. …

Mere questions that identify a racial group are verboten:

The aforementioned study revealed that Moroccan youth are substantially over represented … in every stage of the Dutch criminal justice system. To point this fact out, or raise it as a matter for attention or discussion, is apparently a crime. …

Should a politician, or anyone be prosecuted for asking such a question? Surely it is enough, for those who disapprove, to state why they disapprove — rather than ban free speech altogether?

Another example, this time allowed:

In 2015 Rotterdam’s Moroccan-born Muslim mayor told those who do not wish to integrate into Dutch society, they should “get lost,” leave the country. He says no-one is forced to stay in The Netherlands, so if they don’t like it they can leave.

The only difference between what Wilders and Rotterdam’s mayor said is that Wilders actually named the group which is known to be creating most of the tension, violence and crime in The Netherlands. …

Had [the mayor] mentioned that compared to all other nationalities in Rotterdam, Moroccan youth are over-represented in every stage of the Dutch criminal justice system by 135%, he too could have found himself in the courts, facing the same charge a Geert Wilders: “suspicion of insulting a group of people based on race and inciting discrimination and hatred” .

What should be a crime is that Geert Wilders has to live under 24 hour police protection wherever he goes because of the death threats made against him by the same people who claim they feel vilified.

The process is the punishment. Look at how Mr Wilders is treated:

Geert Wilders at a political rally surrounded by body guards

Geert Wilders at a political rally surrounded by body guards

Geert Wilders has spent more than a decade wearing a bulletproof vest and being shuttled between safe houses to avoid assassination.

“I’m not in prison,” he says. “But I’m not free, either. You don’t have to pity me, but I haven’t had personal freedom now for 10 years. I can’t set one foot out of my house or anywhere in the world without security.”

“I’m an elected politician,” he says. “If you don’t agree with me, vote for somebody else. What did I do, except for expressing my views?”

Read it all. The next election in The Netherlands could potentially put Geert Wilders Party of Freedom into a power sharing coalition. Whether this ‘hate speech’ prosecution will help him or stop him remains to be seen. The left demand freedom of speech and expression for anything from disgusting ‘artistic’ expressions to disruptive demonstration. But when it comes to someone who doesn’t agree with them, they want to use the law to shut down their opposition.