Wilders reaches new high in polls despite political show trial
Despite the best efforts by his opponents to find him guilty of "discrimination" Geert Wilders, 53, has risen strongly in the polls, according to a survey published Sunday.
Published: December 12, 2016, 11:23 am
The new poll data was released the Maurice de Hond Institute.
Wilders has been tried and convicted of “discrimination”, but voters are not amused. If legislative elections due next March were held this week, Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) would win 36 out of 150 seats in the lower house of parliament, making it the biggest single political group.
Before the trial began on October 31, the PVV was only credited with 27 seats. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberals would only win 23 seats, against 40 today, and his junior coalition partners, the Labour Party (PvdA), would gain a mere 10 seats, compared with 35 today.
The blonde anti-immigration fire-brand mostly boycotted the trial, which he denounced as political scheming. He also ignored hostile journalists outside the courtroom, leading to more hysteria in the Netherlands against him, implying he was a “racial supremacist”.
Wow. Wilders ziet ze. Hij weigert ze de hand. Gunt ze geen blik waardig, alsof ze ondermensen zijn. pic.twitter.com/YgoMEbmb8D
— Miko Flohr (@mikofLohr) December 11, 2016
Wilders was found guilty of discrimination against Moroccans but acquitted of hate speech after remarks at an election rally in March 2014, but not fined. The Council of Moroccan Mosques is angry about the “soft” verdict and their lawyer Lucien Nix says they will sue in civil proceedings because no damages were payable by Wilders.
At the forefront of the Moroccan problem is the extremely high percentage of involvement of many Dutch Moroccans in criminal activities, with some 65 percent of all Moroccan male youths between 12-23 years of age have been detained by police at least once, according to the Dutch newspaper, the Volkskrant.
One third of this group has been detained five or more times. Moroccan criminals are convicted four times more than Dutch suspects.
Wilders has vowed to confiscate Korans, close mosques and Islamic schools, shut the borders and ban migrants from Islamic countries.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
LondonYulia Skripal, the daughter of a former Russian spy, is alive, but has leveled no accusations at Russia for her alleged poisoning in the Skripal affair. She appeared on camera with a fresh scar on her throat from a trachea cut.
ParisMarine Le Pen, leader of the Front National, was a guest on the political talk show on French television where she ripped into unpopular President Macron's failing policies.
More than 25 000 asylum cases will have to be re-processed after Germany's Federal Office for Refugees and Migration (BAMF) became mired in a corruption scandal at its regional office in the northern city of Bremen.
BerlinGerman intelligence already had a sample of the nerve agent used to poison the Skripals in the United Kingdom at least two decades ago. And so did the US and Britain.
Some 120 000 migrants are currently heading towards Croatia, en route to enter the European Union via the popular Western Balkan route. Croatian police have been put on alert.
As Russian President Vladimir Putin opened the Kerch Strait Bridge connecting Crimea with mainland Russia on Tuesday, an opinion piece in an American newspaper urged Ukraine to bomb the bridge.
Major European firms have started to pull out of Iran to avoid being hit by harsh US sanctions despite tough talk by EU leaders.
RomeIn a leaked manifesto, entitled Government for Change, calls for sanctions against Russia to be scrapped in Italy have been revealed. If this happens, Germany and France, could soon follow suit.
WarsawAt the beginning of this month, 58 European and African countries gathered in Morocco in Marrakech to discuss issues such as migration and development. The EU plans to support immigration to Europe, not to stop it.
Leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement (M5S), Luigi Di Maio said that a fresh meeting with League chief Matteo Salvini on the formation of a new government went well on Friday.