Of hate speech for encouraging a crowd which chanted “fewer, fewer” in response to Moroccan immigration.
UK Telegraph: (Autoplay video of Dutch judge speaking. Dutch sounds a bit like German spoken by people who are from France.)
Dutch far-right wing politician Geert Wilders was today found guilty of hate speech and inciting racial discrimination for leading a chant calling for “fewer, fewer” Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Presiding Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said the court would not impose a sentence because the conviction was punishment enough for a democratically elected lawmaker. Prosecutors had asked judges to fine him 5,000 euros ($5,300).
This will happen here if the American people are not clear: We will not allow our freedoms to be infringed so that others can avoid bad feelings. This guy is a politician. In a democratically run country, the freedom to speak about political disagreements should never be restricted.
The Telegraph mentions Wilders also wants to ban the Koran, and take other actions. I can disagree with the court, without endorsing his whole agenda.
“I still cannot believe it, but I have been convicted because I asked a question about Moroccans. The Netherlands has become a sick country. The judge who convicted me [has] restricted the freedom of speech for millions of Dutch. I will never be silent. I am not a racist and neither are my voters.”