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Dutch burqa ban challenges

Around one hundred people, mainly women, protested in  The Hague, The Netherlands on August 9 against “Burqa ban“, which came into effect in the on August, 1.

Around couple of dozens of women wore a niqab and carried plates with texts like “I am getting robbed of my freedom“, “Hands off my niqab”, “We are the victims of symbolized politics” and “Human rights are being violated” during the silent protest.

The demonstration took place at the Koekamp Park, and passed without incidents. The protesters demand the Dutch government to recall the law. A few secular human rights activists were present to demonstrate their solidarity and support to the Muslim believers.

According to the organizers, the law violates freedom of movement, freedom of religion and self-determination of women. In addition, they think that woman wearing a niqab/burqa are excluded from social life and that the law leads to polarization of society.

The new Dutch law partially prohibits face-covering clothing. It means that people are no longer allowed to enter public space such as hospitals, government buildings, schools and public transport with face-covering clothing, such as a burqa, niqab and balaclava.

The Party for Freedom (PvV) leader Geert Wilders sees it differently: as far as he is concerned, the Dutch government should deport all those burka/niqab groupies to Saudi Arabia, where then can practice their cult without risking to clash with democracy, fundamental rights and equality.

However the biggest challenge of Dutch government is that the overwhelming majority of these women were born in the Netherlands, and have Dutch nationality. Their mothers were eager to integrate, and they were not wearing Muslim veils.

When the law passed in June 2018, Upper House of the Parliament press officer Gert Riphagen estimated that it concerns between 200 and 400 burqa or niqab-wearing Muslims  in the Netherlands, out of a population of 17 million people.

The Dutch law is similar to bans in the other European countries: in France, Germany, Belgium, Switzerland and Denmark, some of which go further than the prohibition, but they impose fines: 1,000 Danish kroner (€100) in Denmark and  €150 in France.

In October 2018 the United Nations Human Rights Committee opposed the bans, explaining that it violates the human rights of Muslim women and risks “confining them to their homes.” However the opinion of international experts did not have any effect on the implementation of the legislation.

 

 

Baudet leading in Dutch exit polls

Dutch ‘Forum for Democracy’ party, led by Thierry Baudet (36), scores 15% of votes, challenging the incumbent Prime Minister Mark Rutte, according to exit polls. Nationalist, promoting “Dutch first” slogan, he made a revolution in politics, overturning politically correct cultural relativism, and is set to ascend further, gaining impressive number of votes in European elections in the Netherlands on 23 of May.

Baudet, who imposed himself “the most important intellectual in the Netherlands” in a 2016 tweet, emphasizes “Dutch first” cultural and economic themes. He blames immigration for the decline of Christian, European civilization and wants the Netherlands to leave the European Union.

Forum for Democracy party came in first in provincial elections in March, ahead of Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (Liberal).

Baudet has drawn support largely from the Freedom party of his right-wing competitor Geert Wilders, another Eurosceptic best known for his campaign against Islam,  who is polling near a decade low of 5%. The decline blamed to lack of openness of the party to the newcomers, and personal authoritarian style of Wilders, who runs it as CEO of an enterprise.

 

#Utrecht: terrorist act indications

On March 18, in the evening, the police were already able to report that the main suspect, a 37-year-old man residing in Utrecht, could be arrested in a house on Oudenoord. The investigation has so far revealed no relationship between the main suspect and the victims. A firearm was found during his arrest”, Dutch police reported.

“In connection with the investigation, the police carried out searches in houses in various locations in Utrecht and elsewhere yesterday and last night. In addition to the main suspect, two other suspects were arrested. These are men from Utrecht aged 23 and 27. Of these men, the police investigate whether they are possibly involved in the shooting incident. The suspects are still detained and will be further interrogated.”

“The police and the Public Prosecution Service continue to investigate today, including the motive. So far, a terrorist motive has been seriously taken into account. Among other things, a letter found in the flight car and the nature of the fact give cause for this. Other motives are not excluded, they are also being investigated. Furthermore, agents will be visibly present in the neighborhoods and in contact with relevant parties.”

In absence of any personal contacts between the attacker and the victims Dutch leader of antiIslam Freedom party (PvV) Geert Wilders concluded that the shooting in tram was a terrorist act.

Gökmen T., who is detained for the attack in a Utrecht tram, perambulated freely yesterday because he had promised to cooperate in an investigation. He did that in the rape case in which he was involved, Dutch media NOS reports.

Yesterday, after T.’s arrest, it became clear that he had a criminal record of an exceptional gravity, and that he was recently detained. The Central Netherlands court has now given an explanation.

For the rape for which T. was arrested in August 2017, he was released a month later under conditions. But because he did not cooperate in a personality test and a report of the probation service, he was again detained last January.

At the end of last month, 37-year-old T. explicitly stated before the court that he would now cooperate in investigations. He was subsequently released conditionally on 1 March. The substantive treatment of the rape case was planned for July.

The court also reports that T. was sentenced this month in two other cases. He was given two weeks in jail for a shop theft, half of which was conditional. Furthermore, a burglary caused him to four months in prison.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utrecht gunman Chechnya-ISIS record

The leader of Dutch anti-Islam Freedom Party (PvV) Geert Wilders  (pictured) confronted  Prime Minister Mark Rutte with a request to explain how a Turkish man who is suspected in involvement in terrorism in Chechnya, and with Islamic State (ISIS),was released from prison, and could freely perambulate in Utrecht streets.

“…How can anyone with a criminal record full of atrocities from manslaughter to theft, destruction and rape roam freely and shoot with a weapon in a tram innocent people dead??? Explain that, Rutte”, Wilders challenged the Prime Minister, via his Twitter micro blog.

Meanwhile a Turkish businessman residing in Utrecht told BBC Türkçe that the shooter Tanış had “fought in Chechnya and that a “few years ago was arrested and released for his connection to ISIS. He was not a part of the Turkish community [in Holland], he was a outcast“, he added.

Wilders blames Merkel for Amsterdam CS attack

A man who stabbed two American tourists at Amsterdam’s Central station last week named Dutch critics of Islam Geert Wilders during police questioning and added he was motivated by perceived insults to Islam in the Netherlands, according to prosecutors.

The attacker, identified by Dutch media as Jawed S., is a 19-year-old Afghan with residency in Germany, who traveled to Amsterdam to carry out an attack motivated of repeated insults to God, the Koran and Islam’s Prophet Mohammed, prosecutors said in a statement.

The attack occurred after Wilders canceled plans to organised a contest of cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed and had a clear “terrorist motive”, prosecutors said.

He named Wilders, but did not say anything about the cartoon competition,” a statement said. “Up to now there is no evidence the suspect worked with others.”

Prosecutors said that German police had searched the man’s home in Germany and seized computer memory devices.

Both victims of stabbing are still in hospital recovering from severe injures.

Wilders reacted via his Twitter micro blog, being widely quoted in Dutch press: “Thanks to Merkel Afghan terrorist is in Europe, and thanks to our open borders could he simply come to our country”.

 

 

Dutch enter coalition limbo

There is no ‘absolute’ winner in Dutch general elections as the three leading parties together received less than half of the votes. The  situation is not an easy one for forming a functional coalition government. Mark Rutte is not new to Dutch politics, subsequently he is expected to carry on the task of creating a coalition, but he needs the support of at least three partners to achieve a majority, meaning they will have to patch the differences over taxes, healthcare, and the other issues sensitive to their retrospective electorates. In view of these difficulties  the Netherlands enters an extended period of uncertainty, when neither of political forces is appealing enough to the majority of the citizens, and none of the political party can take a lead, without sacrificing a chunk of their integrity.

In this blurred atmosphere the so-called ‘victory’ of  the centre-right Mark Rutte (VVD), as much as the ‘loss’ of the right, or so-called ‘populist’  Geert Wilders (PVV) are equally ephemeral,  because unlike two-party system with  clearer benefits for the  winner, the coalition government is at most difficult form of organization to  introduce any  change.

The celebrated by the Eurocentrics ‘loss’ of Wilders has two major reasons: the accidental – the poring water on Turkish rioters in Rotterdam impressed some part of electorate to extend they recognized Rutte as a strong man, able to protect the population from the negative impact of mass-migration.  The other element has deeper roots – Wilders repeats a mistake of many, attempting to do good to his people without their participation. Through years Party for Freedom (PVV) became a closed structure, almost impossible to enter. Wilders explains this decision to keep his party well intact as allowing him to maintain its high operational capacities without risks of too much of an inner debate to weaken the ability of actions. However the absence of this ‘horizontal’ dimension in favor of ‘vertical’ does not add charms to the  image of the convention in the eyes of citizens, expecting more dialog, and openness.

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General elections – Dutch vote

Reportedly Dutch votes went to ballot-boxes in unprecedented numbers. 13 million voters began casting ballots at polling stations across the country that will close at 2000 GMT. The vote is considered to be decisive for the future of the country, and its membership in the EU. The convincing victory of Party for Freedom led by Wilders, would push forward the Nexit agenda, following the UK.

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