Geert Wilders


Geert Wilders op Prinsjesdag 2014 (cropped)
Geert Wilders is the founder and leader of the Dutch Partij voor de Vrijheid (PVV), which is translated variously as "Freedom Party", "Party for Freedom" or "Party of Freedom".[1][2][3] Dutch anthropologist Lizzy van Leeuwen published an article about Geert in 2009 through which the public came to know about his Indonesian roots.[4] Some have taken to calling him "Captain Peroxide" and "Mozart".[2] Geert's maternal grandmother was Jewish-Indonesian.[5] He has said he hates Islam, but doesn't hate Muslims.[6] Because of his hatred of Islam, he is guarded round the clock. He wants to ban the Qur'an and close all mosques in the Netherlands[3] and seeks to thwart Eurabia.[7] For years now, he has worn a bulletproof vest and slept in a different place every night.[8]

"Fewer Moroccans" trial ("minder-Marokkanen"-proces)

On 19 March 2014, Geert made a speech before his supporters in which he asked them if they wanted "meer of minder Marokkanen [more or fewer Moroccans]" in the Netherlands. The crowd enthusiastically began to chant, "Minder, minder, minder [Fewer, fewer, fewer]!" For this, Geert was tried and found guilty on 9 December 2016 of insultation of a group (groepsbelediging), but not guilty of incitement to hatred (aanzetten tot haat). However, no punishment was handed down, it having been determined "that verdicts were sufficient punishment".[9][10][11] After his conviction, his popularity rose in Dutch polls.[12]

Europe of Nations and Freedoms EU Parliament group

On 15 June 2015, Geert joined Marine Le Pen's Europe of Nations and Freedoms EU Parliament group (French: Europe des Nations et des Libertés), which is sometimes incorrectly called Europe of Nations and Freedom and which was founded that day.[13][14]

Quotes about him

Debbie Robinson

External Links


  1. "Partij voor de Vrijheid". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Louise Randell (9 June 2016). "CAPTAIN PEROXIDE Who is Geert Wilders? Dutch politician and Party of Freedom leader". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Geert Wilders: Dutch Freedom Party chief will be tried for racial hatred". 14 October 2016. Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  4. Winston Ross (19 January 2015). "GEERT WILDERS: THE 'PROPHET' WHO HATES MUHAMMAD". Retrievd 23 December 2016.
  5. Thomas Landen (15 September 2015). "Who is Crazy in Holland Today?" Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  6. David Weigel (21 July 2016). "The 'alt right' finds a home inside the Republican convention". Retrieved 23 December 2016.
  7. Sarah Posner (18 October 2016). "Meet the Alt-Right 'Spokesman' Who's Thrilled With Trump's Rise". Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  8. "Süddeutsche Zeitung". 23 February 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2017.
  9. "LIVEBLOG: Schuldig! Dagelijkse Standaard volgt uitspraak 'minder Marokkanen'-proces Wilders". 9 December 2016. Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  10. Sheena McKenzie (9 December 2016). "Geert Wilders guilty of 'insulting a group' after hate speech trial". Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  11. Uri Friedman (2 November 2016). "Should Calling for 'Fewer Moroccans' Be Considered Hate Speech?" Retreived 24 December 2016.
  12. "Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders rises in polls after hate crime conviction". "The Independent". Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  13. Andrew Rettman (15 June 2015). "Far-right parties form group in EU parliament". Retrieved 24 December 2016.
  14. James Crisp (16 June 2016). "Le Pen’s new EU Parliament group to scoop €17.5 million of public money". Retrieved 24 December 2016.