Dutch Wilders helps German Pegida of Hitler copycat Bachmann


The image of Lutz Bachmann styled as Adolf Hitler was published by the Dresden Morgenpost after a reader spotted it on Facebook

This image of Lutz Bachmann, fuehrer of the racist Pegida organisation in Germany, who had styled himself as Adolf Hitler, was published by the Dresden Morgenpost.

By Christoph Dreier in Germany:

Right-wing extremist Geert Wilders delivers diatribe in Dresden, Germany

15 April 2015

On Monday evening, the Dutch right-wing extremist Geert Wilders spoke at a Pegida demonstration in Dresden. Although only a few thousand people came from throughout Germany to the event, the major media outlets endeavoured to utilise Wilders’ appearance to resurrect the Islamophobic movement.

The self-proclaimed “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West” (Pegida) have conducted a weekly demonstration in Dresden since last October, and have received intense media attention. Numerous politicians have spoken in favour of a dialogue with the Islamophobes. On the basis of this press attention, up to 20,000 people came to the right-wing extremist gatherings at times.

However, the number of protesters then dropped just as quickly. In recent weeks, even the police said only a few thousand participants attended, travelling from all over Germany. The Pegida organizers attempted to counter this trend by inviting Wilders, and the event received comprehensive media coverage prior to it.

Wilders is one of the most foul agitators and right-wing extremists in Europe. He makes Islam and the Koran responsible for extremist terrorism, and calls for a ban on Muslim texts and customs. He wants to reduce immigration and reintroduce border controls within the European Union.

In his speech, he called on the Pegida protesters to take pride in Germany and to oppose “Islamic barbarism”. Islam called for the killing of Jews and Christians and for this reason must not become part of Germany, said Wilders, who warned against the “Islamisation of our society”.

The invitation of Wilders is part of an attempt to network Pegida across Europe and to perpetuate an Islamophobia and extreme right-wing movement in Germany. Besides Wilders, the ex-journalist Udo Ulfkotte and the former Berlin Christian Democratic state deputy and founder of the right-wing Party of Freedom, René Stadtkewitz, were invited as speakers. In March, the Swiss right-wing extremist Ignaz Bearth spoke at a Pegida meeting, and the new right thinker Götz Kubitschek was given a platform.

At the same time, Pegida announced it would stand its own candidate for Dresden mayor on June 7. The right-wing extremists want to enter Tatjana Festerling into the race, who like no other embodies the backwardness and vulgarity of the movement.

Festerling was a founding member of the Hamburg state association of the Alternative for Germany (AfD). She was the deputy marketing manager of the state association and, by her own account, also designed campaigns of the federal party. In Hamburg, she ran as a district candidate of the party.

After she glorified the hooligan demonstration against the Salafists in Cologne on the JournalistWatch web site, which involved violent rioting, the AfD threatened to expel her. The defence of right-wing extremists went too far even for the AfD leadership.

Festerling avoided expulsion by quitting the party in late January. She was a speaker at the Pegida demonstrations in Dresden and has advanced to become the new front person of the movement. In her speeches, she makes no secret of her far-right views.

There were “floods of asylum seekers, which they, the destroyers of the Germany of [Chancellor Angela] Merkel and Gabriel and Tillich, are swamping our Dresden, Saxony and our Germany.” And many asylum seekers, she says, were “men, who abandoned their families and homes because the state provided nicer accommodation and regular incomes here.”

In the many speeches she has made, not only in Dresden but also at the mini-demonstrations of Pegida offshoots in other cities, she rails against “the continually offended, continually demanding impudent minorities from Islamic countries who get on our nerves with their Koran and special rights.”

The 50-year-old explicitly supported the views of Geert Wilders, that Islam is identical with Islamic extremism. “I do not distinguish between Islamism and Islam,” she said in an interview.

Her xenophobic tirades are paired with long-winded and vulgar attacks on homosexuals and sexual minorities, which in her view terrorise the majority. She compares sex education at school with paedophilia. If Dresden will not defend itself against such developments, she proposes building a new version of the Berlin Wall.

That such a dull and vulgar personality can be elevated as a political figure speaks volumes, not just about Pegida, but also about the media and politicians who have supported her movement since October.

In January, the Saxony state premier Stanislaw Tillich declared that he did not want to ban the Pegida demonstrations. At the same time, he said that Islam was not a part of Germany and that Muslim associations in Germany should distance themselves from terrorism more clearly. “People are afraid of Islam because acts of terrorism are perpetrated in the name of Islam,” he told Welt am Sonntag.

On January 23, the publically funded National Centre for Civic Education invited Saxony Pegida representatives to an official exchange, which was also attended by the chairman of the Social Democratic Party and German Economics Minister Sigmar Gabriel.

But all these efforts could not consolidate the Pegida movement. Significantly more counterdemonstrators regularly demonstrate on the streets than right-wing extremists, and the number of Islamophobia participants has declined. A split occurred in the Pegida alliance in February, and the clique around Pegida founder Lutz Bachmann aligned themselves more closely with European right-wing extremists.

Only when the movement shrank again did some politicians, who had previously regarded Pegida affirmatively, distance themselves. Wilders’ appearance was accompanied by a renewed media campaign popularising the movement, showing that the far-right group continues to receive support and is regarded as useful by sections of the ruling elite.

The social attacks in Europe and the militarisation of German foreign policy are rejected by the vast majority of the population. Pegida mobilises the dregs of society, attempting to intimidate this opposition and create a social basis for its suppression.

Far-right European politicians, Golden Dawn from Greece and Geert Wilders from the Netherlands, are attending a festival (Folkemodet) on the Danish island of Bornholm on 11-14 June: here.

Improve Turkish-Armenian relations, Dutch parliament says


Turkey and Armenia

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

The Dutch government must continue to call on the Turkish government to seek rapprochement with Armenia and to seek reconciliation. An overwhelming majority of parliament voted for a motion to that effect. Only the PVV and the Kuzu-Öztürk group voted against.

Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party hates everyone who is supposedly ‘racially impure’, whether that person is from Poland, Romania, Turkey, Armenia, Morocco or Suriname.

The Kuzu-Öztürk group are two MPs of Turkish ancestry, elected for the PvdA party (junior partner in the Dutch coalition government). They split from the PvdA because of differences on various issues (eg, they are more sympathetic to the Erdogan government in Turkey than the PvdA is).

The immediate reason for the motion is the commemoration of the Armenian genocide on April 24th.

Jews, Muslims together against violence


This 25 March 2014 video is about Jews and Muslims demonstrating together against Geert Wilders‘ xenophobic PVV party in Amsterdam.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Jews and Muslims marching together against aggression

Today, 15:50

About 200 people this afternoon are walking from the synagogue on the Jonas Daniel Meijer Square in Amsterdam to the Weesperzijde mosque. The organizers of the solidarity walk oppose aggression against places of worship and are against anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.

Other religious and non-religious parties also have rallied behind the initiative.

In the rally Jews, Muslims and other Amsterdam people participate. Both at the mosque and at the synagogue speeches will be held and flowers will be laid.

Hundreds of Norwegian Muslims form human shield to protect Jewish Synagogue in Oslo: here.

Dutch Wilders fans advocate burning mosques


This video says about itself:

Sweden: Protesters rally against mosque attacks in Stockholm

2 January 2015

Hundreds of people protested in Stockholm, Sweden on Friday against a series of attacks against the Muslim community in the country. The protest follows the latest attack which occurred on New Year’s Day when a mosque was firebombed in Uppsala.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Muslims call for charges against advocates of arson

Today, 15:15

Several Muslim organizations in the Netherlands will start court cases against calls on Facebook to set mosques on fire. The organizations call on houses of worship to do the same.

The Facebook page Support the PVV [Geert Wildersxenophobic party] this week included a message about arson in Swedish mosques and calls to do the same in the Netherlands. The message and the reactions to it have been removed by now.

Dutch politician Wilders charged for racism


Dutch poster about Le Pen and Wilders

This is a poster from the Netherlands about the cooperation in European politics between Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders and his extreme Right French colleague Marine Le Pen.

On the left in the poster, Jean-Marie Le Pen, founder, honourary president, father of his daughter Marine whom he appointed as successor, European parliament member of the National Front party is quoted: “The holocaust is a detail in history“.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Racist politician Wilders will be charged

Thursday 18th December 2014

RACIST Dutch politician Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for discrimination and inciting hatred against Moroccans during March election campaigning, prosecutors said today.

The charges stem from an incident in The Hague, when Mr Wilders led a nationally broadcast anti-Moroccan chant in a cafe prompting 6,400 complaints to the police.

Mr Wilders asked supporters if they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in their city, triggering the chant: “Fewer, fewer, fewer.” A smiling Mr Wilders responded: “We’ll take care of that.”

In a later TV interview, he referred to “Moroccan scum.”

The prosecutors said yesterday that Mr Wilders, whose Party for Freedom (PVV) tops the opinion polls in the Netherlands, will face charges of “insulting a specific group based on race and inciting discrimination and hatred.”

Politicians may go far in their comments under the right to free speech, the prosecutors warned, but “that freedom is limited by the prohibition of discrimination.”

The furore led to senior members of Mr Wilders’s Party for Freedom resigning, but the arrogant racist appeared unrepentant yesterday, insisting that he had only spoken the truth.

“It is a travesty that I have to defend myself in court for this. I said what millions of people think and believe,” he claimed.

“The public prosecutors should be going after jihadis instead of me.

“The PVV is the largest party in the polls and the elite apparently doesn’t like it.”

Prosecutors had initially appeared reluctant to press charges after losing a similar trial against Mr Wilders in 2007.

But legal experts have argued they have a stronger case this time around because he specifically targeted Moroccans, rather than the religion of Islam.

Wilders addresses French National Front congress


Dutch poster about Le Pen and Wilders

This is a poster from the Netherlands about the cooperation in the 2014 European election campaign between Dutch xenophobic politician Geert Wilders and his extreme Right French colleague Marine Le Pen.

Dutch NOS TV reports today that Geert Wilders, leader (and only member) of the xenophobic Dutch PVV party, will today address the congress of the French neo-fascist National Front party in Lyon.

Other speakers at that congress will include party leader Marine Le Pen.

And Marine’s father, party founder, honorary president and member of the European Parliament, Jean-Marie Le Pen. Mr Le Pen has been repeatedly convicted for anti-Semitism and other forms of racism.

Until recently, Wilders used to say that he did not want to cooperate with anti-Semitic parties like the National Front and Vlaams Belang in Belgium, as he loved the Israeli government so much. Then, Wilders did an U-turn on that in this year’s European elections campaign.

This week, the PVV announced it wanted to close down all mosques in the Netherlands.