Geert Wilders wants mandatory blackface at Dutch festival


This video, by the Daily Telegraph in England, recorded in Amsterdam in the Netherlands, says about itself:

17 November 2013

Sinterklaas, the Dutch version of Father Christmas and his blacked-up helpers Zwarte Pieten, or Black Peters, arrive in Amsterdam amid protests claiming the tradition is racist.

Sinterklaas is not really ‘the Dutch version of Father Christmas’. The festival is on 6 December (and mainly on 5 December, the evening before 5 December), remembering the Christian Saint Nicholas, a fourth-century bishop in what is today Turkey. Father Christmas, or Santa Claus, was derived from Sinterklaas later in the USA, and connected to Christmas, not 5 or 6 December.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The PVV

Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic party in the Netherlands

will propose a bill which will protect Zwarte Piet.

Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is a blackface character in the Dutch Saint Nicholas festival, supposed to be the servant of the saintly bishop. Zwarte Piet was added to the festival in the nineteenth century, when there still was slavery in the Dutch colonies. He is depicted as a caricature of nineteenth century house slaves, in servant’s uniform, with big red lips and golden earrings, speaking with a supposedly Surinamese accent.

The new law would require municipalities to keep Zwarte Piet black[face] at the festivities. There would also be a ban on modifying Saint Nicholas songs.

About 1960, a child opened a book of “traditional” Saint Nicholas songs.

One song in that book was Sinterklaas, die goede heer (Saint Nicholas, that good gentleman).

One song line in that song went: “Servant Piet, as black as soot, with a chain around his foot …”

The chain was also depicted in the picture on the same page.

“Mummy, why does Piet have a chain around his foot?”

“Because he is a slave, my child!”

UPDATE: Today, in 2014, that song is still on the Internet, including the “chain” line.

If Wilders wants to ban changing songs’ lyrics, then he will have very much work to do. Throughout history, old songs have been adapted with new lyrics. Protestant churches in the Netherlands and elsewhere have changed the lyrrics of their hymns and psalms frequently. Does Wilders want to jail the Protestant dignitaries responsible for that? He can’t jail all of them, as most are already dead. The Belgian national anthem’s lyrics have changed many times.

Let us take the Dutch national anthem, the Wilhelmus. Its original lyrics were in French. It was a satirical song by Roman Catholic Spanish soldiers mocking their Protestant enemies in 1568, as the Dutch revolt against the king of Spain started. If Wilders hates changing lyrics so much, then he may want to change the Wilhelmus back to its original anti-Protestant lyrics again.

This music video is called “O la folle entreprise du Prince de Condé“, song from about 1568. It is the original version of the Dutch national anthem, in French, by Spanish soldiers mocking their Protestant enemies.

Geert Wilders said in the television program Vandaag de Dag by WNL that he “wants to protect our culture.”

Anne Frank Foundation on Wilders’ cooperation with Dutch nazis


Paul Peters' vandalism at Oosterhout Jewish cemetery

Translated from Radio 1 in the Netherlands (where there is an audio file as well) today:

Wilders does not know what company he keeps’

Willem Wagenaar, researcher of the extreme right at the Anne Frank Foundation is amazed about the call of Geert Wilders to support the [officially] anti-ISIS [in practice, anti-immigrant] demonstration in The Hague. …

The anti-ISIS demonstration, announced in the Schilderswijk in The Hague, is organized by Pro Patria, a pseudonym of Identitary Resistance. The leader of the movement, Paul Peters, has been convicted in the past for vandalizing and defacing a Jewish cemetery. … “The extreme right not only hates Muslims, but also Jews. These people should not be Wilders’ friends.”

Geert Wilders joins Dutch Hitler fans in anti-immigrant march


This 1942 video is about Heinrich Himmler, leader of the German nazi SS, visiting the headquarters of the Dutch nazi party NSB.

The Dutch extreme right organisation Pro Patria marched on 10 August 2014 to the Schilderswijk, a neighbourhood in The Hague where many immigrants live. The aim of that march was to provoke fights.

On 20 September, they intend to march there again.

According to the Facebook page of the Dutch Nederlandse Volksunie (NVU) nazis, the boss of Pro Patria is Paul Peters. Peters used to be an NVU member. However, then he vandalized a Jewish cemetery in Oosterhout, smashing some tombstones and daubing swastikas and nazi slogans like Juden raus (Jews out) and Wir sind zuruck (We [nazis] are back) on others.

Paul Peters' vandalism at Oosterhout Jewish cemetery

The NVU thought these crimes were bad publicity, and expelled Peters. However, that conflict now seems to be over, as the NVU participated in the Pro Patria march and praised it. They say they will be at the 20 September march as well.

NVU member Johnboy Willemse on the left of the banner at the 10 August march

Geert Wilders, of the Dutch xenophobic party PVV, unlike the NVU, did not participate in the 10 August march. However, he has announced he does want to participate on 20 September.

When Wilders started the PVV, he claimed he did not want to cooperate with anti-Semitic parties, like Vlaams Belang in Belgium and Le Pen’s National Front in France. However, this year he did start to cooperate with these parties. Now, not even cooperation with Dutch open nazis (who had already shown up with nazi flags and Hitler salutes at a PVV rally) seems to be a problem for Wilders any more.

Paul Peters’ screen name on the Stormfront nazi Internet forum is ‘Dux Bellorum’, leader of wars.

The official aim of Peters’ Pro Patria marches is opposition to the ISIS terrorists in Iraq. The Nederlandse Volksunie advocates all out NATO war in Iraq with ISIS as a pretext. However, most neonazis in the Netherlands are too stupid to know where Iraq is. The Pro Patria marches are pretexts for beating up bystanders whose complexion the violent extreme Right does not like.

See also here. And here.

Polish extreme right joining Le Pen, Wilders


This video from Poland says about itself:

5 October 2013

Hundreds of demonstrators marched for gay, lesbian and transgender rights in the annual Equality Parade in the Polish city of Wroclaw on Saturday, despite threats from the right-wing Polish National Rebirth group who threatened to disrupt the demonstration by throwing eggs at marchers.

According to Dutch daily De Volkskrant today, extreme right politicians Marine le Pen of the French National Front and Geert Wilders of the Dutch PVV party, today came a step closer to forming an officially recognized parliamentary group in the European parliament.

To form such an official caucus, members of the European parliament from seven countries are needed.

Le Pen and Wilders already had the support of Vlaams Belang in Belgium; FPÖ in Austria; and Lega Nord in Italy.

Today, they are said to have reached an agreement with Kongres Nowej Prawicy (Congress of the New Right) from Poland.

Maybe, there would also come an agreement with Tvarka ir Teisingumas (Order and Justice) in Lithuania, bringing the total to the seven which they need.

Translated from De Volkskrant about Kongres Nowej Prawicy:

The Polish Party Congress of the New Right is called extreme right in media. Party leader Janusz Korwin-Mikke has advocated the abolition of the right to vote for women. He also expressed itself anti-Semitically. And Adolf Hitler supposedly did not known anything about the genocide by the Nazis on the Jews.

Marine Le Pen fails to form far-right bloc in European parliament. Leader of France’s Front National concedes defeat in bid to secure extra speaking time, staff and funds from EU budget: here.

Marine Le Pen at a recent arms fair. The Front National leader had hoped to create a pan-European extreme Right alliance. Photograph: lCHAM/Sipa/Rex

On Friday, June 6, Jean-Marie Le Pen, honorary president of the neo-fascist National Front (FN), verbally attacked well-known artists in an interview, one of whom is Jewish and who had criticized the FN after the European elections. He threatened them, saying: “We will make an ovenload of you next time”, alluding to the extermination of the Jews by the Nazis in crematorium ovens: here.

Dutch actress gets death threats for disagreeing with xenophobic politician Wilders


This video shows Dutch stage actress, movie actress and novelist Elle van Rijn at the première of a new film.

Translated from Dutch daily De Volkskrant, of yesterday, 18 May 2014:

Actress Elle van Rijn threatened after criticizing Geert Wilders

Edited by: editors – 05/18/14, 18:44 – By: Editors / ANP news agency

Writer and actress Elle van Rijn was threatened today after she had spoken critically about Geert Wilders. Van Rijn and Wilders were together as guests in the TV show WNL on Sunday. Van Rijn left the PVV leader in no doubt that she is not fond of his politics.

Van Rijn went on the offensive after the PVV leader had responded to the unexpected increased flow of asylum seekers into the Netherlands. “There is only one solution and that is to be master of our own borders,” said Wilders, and then the author started to participate in the conversation. She reminded him that he was the son of a woman from the Dutch East Indies [today: Indonesia] and that he himself is married to a Hungarian woman.

Van Rijn: “Migration flows have always been with us ( … ) You yourself are a product of them. How can it be that you want to close the borders?” When Wilders was asked how he could support that position the PVV leader was brief: “Maybe because I have common sense.” Like Prime Minister Rutte Wilders says that the Netherlands cannot handle the [supposed] explosive increase in asylum seekers. The PVV leader thinks it absurd that State Secretary Teeven (Justice Department) admits refugees from Syria to the Netherlands, but that elderly people are evicted from homes [because of cuts].

Van Rijn also did not approve of that statement. She pointed out that there is no relationship between the refugees and the situation of the elderly in the Netherlands. “It is clear what kind of new voters you hope to attract,” replied Van Rijn. And that supposedly 43 percent of Dutch people would agree with Wilders‘ slogan ‘Less Moroccans‘: Van Rijn did not believe that at all. “You throw around numbers all the time, and frankly, I do not believe them at all.”

Threatened

To the Radio 1 program The Press Tribune a shocked Van Rijn told later in the day that she had received all kinds of emails. “Very positive ones but also very negative ones.”

“I am quite shocked by the violent reactions,” she told [TV show] RTL Boulevard. “The point which I wanted to make to Wilders and which I would like to make in response to the hate-spam: Why has all nuance disappeared? In this way, a society is created full of hatred based on pure fear. Let’s try to work together to solve the problems, instead of seeing each other as enemies. Work together instead of working against each other.”

Van Rijn is said to intend to press charges against the death threats. Wilders has not responded to the threats [by his supporters].

Dutch daily De Telegraaf quotes (translated here) one of the emails to Ms Van Rijn by Wilders supporters:

‘Dirty Lefty shit whore, we are gonna get you. I see you walking around often in Amsterdam with that fucking face of yours. Soon, there will be a knife between your tits, you dirty fucking machine.’

Wilders' supporters' nazi salutes

This photo, from a Dutch anti-racist blog, is from 21 September in The Hague, the Netherlands.

Dutch xenophobic party PVV had a meeting there then. Its leader, Geert Wilders, spoke. Some of the audience, as the photo shows, made nazi salutes.

More anti-Moroccan hate tweets after Wilders’ anti-Moroccan speech: here.

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Scotland against extreme right


This video says about itself:

Anger as Italian MP praises Norway gunman

4 August 2011

Anders Breivik, the far-right extremist who confessed to the killings of 77 people in Norway two weeks ago, has found ideological support in what some may consider an unlikely place: the halls of the Italian parliament.

Mario Borghezio, an Italian politician, has termed Breivik’s philosophy “perhaps great”, a statement for which he was suspended, but not sacked, by his Northern League Party.

Borghezio’s remarks, and those of other right-wing Italian politicians, seem to indicate that mainstream political discourse in the country is moving further rightwards on the political spectrum.

The Northern League in the present European parliament is in the same coalition, the EFD, as the Ukip party in Britain. After this month’s European elections, they intend to have a coalition with extreme right parties like the National Front in France and Geert Wilders‘ PVV party in the Netherlands.

Geert Wilders, left, and Borghezio, right

Borghezio is a good friend of Geert Wilders.

Borghezio was expelled from the EFD group in the European parliament at the request of Ukip leader Farage. However, Borghezio’s party, the Northern League which did not expel him but defended him, then stayed in the EFD.

There used to be another extreme right organisation also called the Northern League during the late twentieth century in Britain and other countries.

By Rory MacKinnon in Scotland:

EU: Scotland‘s future depends on MEPs as much as independence referendum, say anti-racism campaigners

Thursday 8th May 2014

Labour and No2EU election rivals join forces at Glasgow anti-racism meeting to warn against spread of the far-right across Europe

Scotland’s future depends on its representatives in Brussels as much as the referendum, anti-racist campaigners have warned in the run-up to this month’s EU elections.

Two rival candidates in the looming European parliament votes are to set aside their differences this evening at a Glasgow event challenging the resurgence of fascist parties across the continent.

Labour party activist and former Scottish TUC president Katrina Murray is expected to take to the hustings alongside No2EU’s Andrew Elliott.

Organiser Hope Not Hate Scotland said the meeting was “especially topical” given Ukip’s recent attempts to make inroads into Scotland.

Hope Not Hate’s Rab O’Donnell said it was crucial to cast a vote against racist right-wing organisations.

With voter turnout historically as low as 34 per cent, it was easy for such groups to seize power with a small but hardcore base of supporters.

Meanwhile, Ukip’s 13 English MEPs have sought to bolster their influence in Brussels with the far-right alliance Europe of Freedom and Democracy, whose Italian co-president Francesco Speroni described mass murderer Anders Breivik as acting “in defence of western civilisation.”

“Whatever way the independence referendum goes, it’s still going to be those MEPs sitting in the European Parliament,” Mr O’Donnell said.

“If Ukip increases its seats in the European parliament it will see the same far-right shift that is happening in Westminster.”

The free event, part of the Friends of May Day calendar, is from 7pm in Partick Burgh Halls, Glasgow.

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Dutch Zionists against ‘pro-Israel’ Wilders’ collaboration with anti-Semites


Dutch poster against Geert Wilders' collaboration with the Austrian FPÖ

This is a poster from the Netherlands about the cooperation in the present European election campaign between Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders and his extreme Right Austrian colleague Christian Strache, leader of the FPÖ party.

On the left in the poster, Strache is quoted: “Homosexuality is a disease!“.

On the right of the poster, Geert Wilders says: “What a really impressive man!“.

The caption at the bottom of the poster says: “Today, Wilders is in bed with all kinds of extreme Right parties which are full of racists, holocaust deniers and LGBTQ haters“.

Finally, the poster refers to the site WildersBFF.nl, about who Wilders’ ‘Best Friends Forever‘ are.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The Jewish interests’ organisation CIDI

CIDI is an acronym for Center for Information and Documentation on Israel. One should call it a ‘pro-Israel’ organisation rather than a ‘Jewish’ organisation, there being both Jews and non-Jews in it.

criticizes PVV leader Geert Wilders. In daily De Telegraaf, the organization says that Wilders ‘betrays his principles’ by working with extreme right-wing parties in Europe such as the French Front National [National Front].

CIDI director Esther Voet calls it disturbing that Wilders reversed himself ‘like a leaf on a tree’. ‘He always said he would not join forces with the extreme right, but now that happens anyway. It’s a sliding scale.’

Wilders has a reputation of someone caring for the interests of the Jewish community. He has good contacts with Jewish lobby groups in the United States and has traveled dozens of times to Israel.

Former PVV MPs Wim Kortenoeven and Louis Bontes confirm to the newspaper that Wilders has changed his position. Previously, PVV MPs were not even allowed to be on the same photo as members of the National Front, said Bontes. “That was said to bring the PVV into disrepute.”

Wilders told De Telegraaf that he is “not afraid” of being perceived to be similar to the extreme right.

Already in November CIDI said it is concerned about the cooperation between the PVV and the National Front. According to Ms Voet that has major implications for Jews in the Netherlands. “The risk is that there will be a larger group in the European Parliament, for example, rejecting ritual [kosher] slaughter. And also against circumcision, attacking the core of Judaism.”

See also here.

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