Taroudant, Morocco - Netherlands ‘Public Prosecutor has summoned Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders for questioning on suspicion of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans.
Taroudant, Morocco – Netherlands ‘Public Prosecutor has summoned Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders for questioning on suspicion of insulting and inciting discrimination against Moroccans.
According to a statement made by the Prosecutor’s department, Wilders is “suspected of having insulted a population group with respect to their race and of incitement to discrimination and hatred.”
During a meeting in the Hague, the xenophobic far-right leader promised fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, which prompt his prosecutors to make anti-Moroccan chants.
The anti-Moroccan chant sparked uproar among Dutch politicians and social media users.
Following this event, the public prosecutor received over 6,400 complaints from Dutch citizens, including Dutch of Moroccan origin.
Wilders, who has lived for many years under 24-hour police protection following his Antislamic remarks, was summoned after “ the Prosecution conducted extensive legal analysis of the remarks made, which has resulted in the conclusion that the remarks constitute the suspicion of a criminal offense.”
As response to his xenophobic remarks, a Facebook page named “Ik doe aangifte tegen Wilders” (I am reporting Wilders) was created in March and gained 96,124 likes in a short time.
Dutch Moroccans and other human right activists responded with a selfie campaign on twitter using the Hashtag #bornhere.
Following his racist remarks against Moroccans, Dutch parliamentarian and former tax adviser Roland van Vliet, member of the far-right Party for Freedom, resigned from the party.
Known as anti-immigration and anti-Muslim populism, Wilers has already been prosecuted for the same offenses.
In 2007, Wilders was sued for calling Islam a fascist ideology, but the judge ruled that criticizing a religion was not the same as racism and acquitted him in June 2011.
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