Geert Wilders Down Under: Fear doesn’t need a visa, and it’s on tour already

by Gramfan on February 7, 2013

in Australia, censorship, Geert Wilders, Gramfan (team member)

Geert Wilders with finger in the dike of Western Civilization

The Sydney Morning Herald – Opinion:

By Paul Sheehan

Two of the films nominated for best picture in the coming Academy Awards, Argo and Zero Dark Thirty, contain warnings, with plenty of creative licence but also plenty of historical accuracy, about the challenge to democracy posed by a resurgent strain of uncompromising Islam.

The threat has been deemed real enough in the Netherlands, which now has more than a million Muslims in a nation of 16.7 million people, for a million Dutch voters – one in seven – to vote for the Party for Freedom, led by Geert Wilders, who will be making a lecture tour in Australia later this month.

Four years ago, in an interview with ABC Radio, Wilders was asked why he wanted to curb Muslim immigration to the Netherlands. He said the integration of Muslims was failing:

“If you look at all the statistics, you see that non-Western people, often from . . . Morocco and Turkey . . . are over-represented many, many times when it comes to crime, when it comes to prison population, when it comes to illiteracy, when it comes to dependency on social benefits.

“We see also in the second-biggest city of the Netherlands, Rotterdam, that in three years’ time the majority will be from non-Western backgrounds. You see in the same city, and most of the south . . . 55 per cent of the Moroccan youth under the age of 24 have been in contact with the police. You see that there are more mosques being built than churches. You see that once again the Dutch people are tolerant . . . but they fear for the identity of their own country.”

All of this is contested territory. Muslims protest about being lumped in with the fundamentalist fringe. They protest, too, that traditional problems associated with immigration are conflated with Muslims.

What is not contested is that a dangerous Islamic fringe is active in numerous countries. Wilders will be accompanied to Australia by five Dutch police officers. He lives under permanent 24-hour security.

Fear has arrived here before him. On Wednesday, the organiser of the tour, Debbie Robinson, told me yet another venue had cancelled and there had been another act of corporate suppression directed at the tour.

“This morning the venue in Sydney cancelled. There was a meltdown. The events manager at the venue was screaming. Right now we have no Sydney venue.”

It was not her only setback. “Yesterday PayPal froze the funds in the account that is processing ticket sales. They will not tell me why. All staff keep saying is the account is under review. It’s been like an Orwellian nightmare.”

This follows a refusal by Westpac to allow her to set up a payment system and refusal by more than a dozen venues to host a Wilders event, citing security concerns.

The first attempt at a lecture tour last year was cancelled due to visa problems. The then minister for immigration Chris Bowen delayed granting a visa until after the cancellation.

This was just the start. On January 21, the president of the Q Society, Geoff Dickson, sent an invitation to 830 state and federal politicians in all parliaments: “On behalf of Q Society of Australia I would like to issue you a warm invitation to attend one of the speaking engagements we are offering to listen to the Honourable Geert Wilders.”

The invitation said Wilders would be speaking in Melbourne on February 19, Perth on February 20 and Sydney on February 22.

“Mr Wilders is a Dutch politician who heads the Party for Freedom, which won 10.1 per cent of votes in the Dutch House of Representatives at the September 2012 elections. Mr Wilders will be here to share his experiences on how Islam is changing the Netherlands in particular and Europe more generally.

“Q Society is a volunteer, Australia-wide organisation whose charter is to educate Australians as to how Islam may change this country . . . We believe Islam is different from other religions and poorly understood . . .

“If, in 20 years, some Australian politicians are living under armed guard because of comments they have made about Islam, we believe we would have failed as individuals, and collectively as a society, to protect our democracy and our freedom.”

Of the 830 invitations sent out, only four were accepted. The other 99.5 per cent of politicians declined or did not respond.

Robinson is disheartened by all the fearfulness. “The Sydney event may have to be cancelled if I can’t even get a venue. I’ll have to refund everyone. This is supposed to be a democracy but something Orwellian is going on.”

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1 max March 2, 2013 at 6:20 pm

Fellow observers…
Ayaan is not exaggerating one bit in her views.
I left Belgium (more particularly Brussels) after three break-ins by “Moroccan new Belgians” in my stores. In one case when I kept them at gun point and handed them to the cops on a silver plate, Justice let them go as no blood was shed and the jails were too full…. leaving me with the clean-up, all costs and the advise to take a lawyer for my possession of a firearm.
Yes, there is more
As I had some press connections I made it to national press and television and was invited to sit on a panel of Justice politicians, minority representatives etc. during two hours of debate on a Sunday morning “Live”
The Islam rep came loaded like a gun and it was simply vile to see how the real honorable Belgians in the debate were behaving in the all to familiar way of securing their own persona´s and interests. I attacked the Islam Rep. and so did one on of the mayors with several poignant questions and statistics until the moderator cut us off.
Epilog:
These live programmings have a meet and greet as well as an after party
I decided then and there to pack my bags and leave the country due to the following:
The (only) mayor with balls went to the Islam Rep at the after party and tried to intimately apologize for the incident during the program. The Islam Rep. (still loaded)
went off in another shouting match and left.
Brussels has been taken over to the extend that we now have free-zones where radical cells, all the hash, coke, xtc and automatic weapons can flourish as police refuses to patrol these formerly picturesque neighborhoods.
Brussels has among the most ornate art nouveau buildings and avenues in the world.
Can you picture the fact that their bathtubs are now used by new Belgians to slaughter a sheep by teaching their 12 year old sons how become a man?
Wilders is probably not Pim Fortuyn and very rough at his edges.
Face it however or start making your wives pregnant with non-muslim off-spring

Greets

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