On October 31 the “hate-speech” trial began for Freedom Party Leader Geert Wilders in the Netherlands. While some of his opponents refer to him as “far right” (in a derogatory way), he is known to many in America as a Freedom Fighter who is courageously calling out the worldwide threat of Islamic terrorism.
The following is an interview I conducted with Geert Wilders at the 2013 American Freedom Alliance conference in Los Angeles. Wilders warned about the spread of Sharia throughout Europe and ways America seems to be following suit. “Don’t make the same mistakes in America that we did in Europe,” he warned.
NPR reports that Wilders is boycotting the trial “for alleged racial discrimination and inciting hatred” because of remarks he made at a rally in 2014 about Moroccans. If he is found guilty he could face up to two years in prison, although “Dutch prosecutors say most people convicted of such crimes are fined or ordered to do community service.”
Wilders maintains he has done nothing wrong and that the trial is political. He announced that he would not be attending the proceedings in a video statement Thursday, saying he would be represented by his lawyer.
“I refuse to cooperate. Political statements should be discussed in Parliament, not in court,” Wilders said, referring to himself as a “politician who says what the politically correct elite does not want to hear.”
He repeated his earlier inflammatory remarks: “It’s a travesty that I have to stand trial because I spoke about fewer Moroccans. It is my right and my duty as a politician to speak about the problems in our country — because the Netherlands have a huge problem with Moroccans.”