Wilders’ supporters’ nazi salutes


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.

Among Wilders’ audience were notorious nazis. People like Jeroen van den Berg, of the violent neo-nazi gang Blood and Honour. In 2011, police discovered illegal firearms at that group’s premises.

And like Paul Peters. Peters was convicted for vandalizing a Jewish cemetery, smashing part of the tombstones, and daubing nazi slogans like “Juden raus” [Jews out] and “Wir sind zurück” [We are back] on other graves.

Prince's flags at PVV meeting

As this photo shows, there were also so-called prince’s flags at Wilders’ meeting. In eighteenth century Dutch history, that was the flag of the political party which wanted to make the then Dutch republic more like a monarchy, under the dynasty of the princes of Orange. Their opponents, the “patriot” party, wanted a republic without any role for that dynasty; and red, white and blue flags, not orange, white and blue.

In the 1930s and 1940s, the prince’s flag was revived by the Dutch nazi party, the NSB. Today, various extreme right groups use it. In 2011, PVV members of parliament hung prince’s flags at their office windows. They removed the flags after media publicized them.

The prince’s flag was also the model for the South African flag during apartheid rule; from 1928 till 1994, when the current South African flag replaced it.

When Geert Wilders started his political career, he was a member of the VVD party (“center Right”; now the biggest party in the Dutch coalition government). Early in this century, Pim Fortuijn (writing his name as the more aristocratic sounding “Fortuyn”) represented political Islamophobia in the Netherlands. VVD MP Wilders and Fortuijn then had a debate on TV. In the debate, Wilders denied Fortuijn’s allegations about Islam being a problem.

After Fortuijn’s death, Wilders thought there were career opportunities as a leader in the Islamophobic political niche market. He founded his own PVV party. With himself as its only member, making it impossible for supporters to ever depose him as party leader.

When the PVV started, Wilders dissociated himself from extreme Right parties like Vlaams Belang in Belgium and National Front in France (as Pim Fortuijn had done before). His members of the European Parliament did not, at least not officially, join up with any parties from other countries. Recently, however, Wilders built fraternal links of his party with Vlaams Belang and with National Front leader Le Pen. So, he definitely is on a slippery slope, further and further towards the extreme Right.

Row after four MPs wear badges in Dutch parliament featuring neo-Nazi insignia: here.

USA: Filmmakers Release Trailer of Documentary About Neo-Nazi’s Plan for Racist Enclave in North Dakota: here.

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Brussels demonstration against Syria war, 8 September


This video from The Hague, The Netherlands, shows the beginning near the Peace Palace last Saturday, of the demonstration then against war in Syria.

Sunday 8 September, 5pm, there will be a demonstration in Brussels, Belgium against war on Syria.

That is one day before the United States Congress will vote about a possible military attack.

The demonstration will be at the United States embassy in Brussels, Regentlaan.

Britain: Anti-war demonstrators expected as #arms fair returns to Newham – Newham Recorder: here.

Kerry’s cosy dinner with Syria’s ‘Hitler’: United States Secretary of State and the man he likened to the German dictator are pictured dining with their wives at Damascus restaurant before civil war broke out: here.

Stop Syria war, demonstration The Hague tomorrow


This video is called HOLLAND: Peace Palace / Vredespaleis – The Hague [HD].

Tomorrow, Saturday 31 August, there will be demonstrations against war on Syria in many places all over the world. Including London, England. Also including The Hague, the Netherlands.

Translation from an e-mail about the The Hague demonstration:

An ad hoc coalition of organizations are organizing a demonstration against intervention in Syria: this Saturday August 31 at 13:00.

Starting point: Peace Palace in The Hague

The demonstration does not take sides [of parties in the Syrian war], but calls for a political solution, for example by starting the interrupted negotiations in Geneva again.

More on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/events/641899002501985/

Public transport:

From Hollands Spoor railway station:

Tram 1 towards Scheveningen Noorderstrand or
Tram 17 direction Statenkwartier
get off at the Peace Palace

From The Hague Central Station:

Tram 17 direction Statenkwartier
get off at the Peace Palace

From organizers on Facebook (where there is also a map of where the march will be, etc.):

Say “NO!” To War in Syria – Demonstration against foreign military intervention

By Linda Absolon, Ruben Rosenberg Colorni and Thomas van Beersum

Dear Comrades, Colleagues and Friends,

On the early mornings of August 21st, an alleged chemical attack took place in the outskirts of Damascus. It is still largely unclear who is responsible for this act, but the parallels with the prelude to the invasion of Iraq are astounding.

Without any definite proof the Mainstream Media has conveniently manipulated the emotions of millions and used this event to galvanize the public into supporting yet another war of aggression on foreign soil. Not only there are economic and human considerations to make, for the wars will be funded with our money and it will be our children, friends and parents who will be sent to fight on the front lines, but there also are moral and historical ones.

In a situation that is so emotionally intense for those involved or with a personal interest at stake, be it the life of a loved one in Syria or religious belief, it is natural to revert to a dualistic thinking and polarize the conflict between two base camps. In the absence of absolute proof on either side, those of us in foreign lands have no option but to observe the situation from afar and maintain our stance irregardless and independently of the other two positions – that of being against imperialist foreign western intervention.

We are calling on activists in the Netherlands to come together in the organization of a mass demonstration in the country’s seat of politics and diplomacy – The Hague – to demand that foreign governments do not militarily intervene in the Syrian conflicts. Are you a concerned individual or do you represent an activist organization? …

For further information please contact:

Ruben – rrosenbergcolorni@gmail.com
or
Linda – linda.absolon@gmail.com

We will get back to you ASAP.

From the USA: If the British Can Stop Their Government From Waging War in Syria, Why Can’t We? Here.

U.S. military officers have deep doubts about impact, wisdom of a U.S. strike on Syria: here.

Three falcon species nest in The Hague


This is a video about a hobby nest.

Translated from the site Kiekjesdief.nl in The Hague, the Netherlands, on 1 August 2013:

The best news is that [this year] for the first time in history three different falcon species have nested successfully in The Hague. First the kestrels on the Norfolk land, then the peregrines in Leyenburg and now these hobbies. They definitely have two chicks. This morning we saw their little white heads above the nest edge. What a joy!

Dutch ring-necked parakeets


This video is about wild ring-necked parakeets in the Netherlands.

Ring-necked parakeets are originally from Africa and Asia.

Some of them, held as cage birds in the Netherlands, escaped.

In the 2011-2012 winter, ornithologists counted the parakeets at ten sleeping roosts, according to Dutch journal Natura (2013, #2, p. 9).

There were 11,657 birds. The biggest roost was on the island in the Hofvijver, in The Hague city centre: 4,135 ring-necked parakeets.

Dutch royal peacock escapes from palace


Recently, Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands announced that she would abdicate. Her son, Crown Prince Willem Alexander, would become king on 30 April.

Not everyone seems to be happy. Dutch daily Algemeen Dagblad reports today, that on the queen’s birthday, yesterday, 31 January, a royal peacock escaped from the The Hague palace garden.

He went to the nearby Haagse Bos forest. He was caught there later.

This is a peacock video.

Probably, the bird was sick of the Dutch media’s sycophantic coverage of the royal family.

Contrary to the female peacock which escaped from Bronx Zoo in New York City in the USA, this Dutch peacock is male.

Faking a noise usually reserved for sex makes male peacocks more attractive: here.

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Dutch toad migration traffic sign


Beavers and stag beetles are not the only animals on traffic signs in the Netherlands.

Toad traffic sign, The Hague

After seeing the stag beetle sign in this blog, photographer Lizia in The Hague sent me a photo she had made in Scheveningen. She made it at the Harstenhoekweg, not so far from Meijendel nature reserve.

The sign says: Drive slowly. Toad migration.

Every spring, many European toads and other amphibians migrate to water in the Netherlands.