The Dutch politician Geert Wilders has been found guilty of “hate speech”.
No penalty was imposed by the court. Wilders himself called the guilty verdict "madness".
During a meeting in March 2014, Geert Wilders asked: "Do you want, in this city [The Hague], and in the Netherlands, more or less Moroccans?" His supporters chanted: “Less! Less!” Wilders responded by saying: “Then we'll fix it.”
On 18 March 2016, a second trial against Wilders began. The accusation against him was one of inciting "discrimination and hatred" against Moroccans living in the Netherlands. Then, on the 17 November 2016, the Dutch Public Prosecution Service demanded a fine against him of €5,000 (£4,300).
This isn't the first time Muslims and Leftists have attempted to use lawfare to silence views they don't like.
In 2007, a representative of the Prosecutors' Office in Amsterdam told the press that dozens of reports had been filed against Geert Wilders, and that they were all being reviewed.
In June 2008, there was an attempt to prosecute Wilders under Dutch anti-hate laws. It failed. The public prosecutor's office released the following statement:
"That comments are hurtful and offensive for a large number of Muslims does not mean that they are punishable. Freedom of expression fulfils an essential role in public debate in a democratic society. That means that offensive comments can be made in a political debate."
And then, on 21 January 2009, a court ordered prosecutors to try Wilders.
In October 2010, the Dutch court approved a request from Geert Wilders to have new judges appointed forcing the court to retry the case of 2008. On 7 February 2011, Wilders was once again in the court room.
Finally, in June 2011, Wilders was acquitted of all charges. A Dutch court said that his speech was legitimate political debate; though on the boundary of legality.
And to bring this story closer to home.
In February 2009, a former British Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, banned Geert Wilders from entering the United Kingdom. She labelled him an "undesirable person". (This was largely in response to the words and activism of the communist-run organisation Hope Not Hate.)
At the time, a Home Office spokesperson said that the “Government opposes extremism in all its forms”. Needless to say, the aforementioned Labour Government had let countless Islamic extremists into the U.K in the proceeding years.
Despite these court appearances and bans, it's been said that up to three million people will choose Geert Wilders when they vote for a new government in March 2017. Forecasts have him set to win 35 seats.
Interestingly enough, the BBC's Anna Holligan confesses her political prejudices. She says:
"I expected 'hate Islam, love Wilders' kind of thing, that's how the PVV voter is framed, the angry white man, but it's much more complex now. It's entrepreneurs, teachers, Church leaders, people who feel the traditional parties on all sides of the spectrum simply aren't listening to their concerns.”
Wilders is certainly part of the much hated (by liberals and left-wingers) “populist Right”. His supporters have no faith in the Dutch and European Left-Liberal elite, political correctness, mass immigration, the European Union and, most of all, that elite's appeasement of radical Islam.