Henrik R. Clausen
On September 3rd 2011, Geert Wilders was back in Berlin, backing his friend René Stadtkewitz and his new party DIE FREIHEIT (FREEDOM) in the September 18th elections to the local parliament.
Also present was Oskar Freysinger of the Swiss Peoples' Party, Kent Ekeroth of the Sweden Democrats, Marc Doll and other prominent FREIHEIT members, as well as many prominent critics of political Islam. The event was hosted in Stauffenbergstrasse, in memory of Graf von Stauffenberg, the most prominent opponent of the German National Socialist regime during World War II. Due to acute threats from violent anti-democratic forces, which remain powerful in Berlin, the exact location was kept secret until a day before it took place.
Leftwing extremist held under control by the police
Indeed, when approaching the conference place, one couldn't help noticing a noisy crow of perhaps 40 people shouting about 'Racism', 'Fascism' and 'National Socialism', as well as a stop to Right-wing populism.
The threat from political extremists
They threatened the press and others deemed against their cause, (whatever it is), and shouted thinly veiled death threats against named individuals. The Antifa flag was the signature of the left-wing extremist movement in Germany. Fortunately, the police had no problems keeping the rowdy crowd under control, and there were no real problem getting to the conference place.
Kent Ekeroth of the Sweden Democrats
Inside the Maritime Hotel, things were proceeding in a relaxed atmosphere. In contrast with last year, security was slightly more relaxed, in that no uniformed police was inside the hall. The pub was open, and friends were meeting over a coffee. Quite a bit of press, from Germany and Netherlands in particular, was covering the conference. Kent Ekeroth of the Sweden Democrats gave a speech about the situation in Sweden, and in particular how his party gaining 20 seats in the parliament was helping to break the ice for a honest political debate. On the downside, Sweden continues to accept immigrants from 3rd world countries at a suicidal rate.
Inside the Maritime Hotel
The star of the show was Geert Wilders. His entry caused all journalists to jump to their feet, and his widely known blond-haired figure was as a signature profile for the conference. Having had quite a few challenges in his political life, he was quiet and relaxed throughout the conference.
The first speaker was René Stadtkewitz, chairman of the German party DIE FREIHEIT (Freedom). He dedicated much of his speech round the recent best-seller Deutschland Schafft Sich Ab by the national bank board member Thilo Sarrazin. Although 1.5 million copies had been sold, extensive public debate and polls showing that 60-80 percent of Germans are in general agreement with Sarrazin, actual political change has not taken place. For example, under-education and unemployment of 2nd and 3rd generation immigrants remains an unsolved problem and a great challenge to the German society and the welfare state.
Another issue Stadtkewitz took up was that German President Wolff has stated that Islam had always belonged to Germany, which is a rather obvious falsehood. As a side note, the fact of the matter is that Islam got a permanent presence in Germany as recent as during the National Socialist regime in the 1930's, due in great part to the famous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. René stated straight out that Islam and democracy are not compatible, and that religion should remain a strictly personal matter, not a political one.
Wilders: Progress in the Netherlands
Wilders in his speech was able to strike a more positive note. With his party (PVV, Party for Freedom) in a supporting role in the Dutch parliament, he has been able to pass a burqa ban and other initiatives against forcing Islam on the Dutch society.
On one issue, though, his party cannot support the government, namely the extensive bailout packages that are deemed necessary to save Greece, Portugal and other countries from the consequence of their own fiscal follies. The Dutch government thus needs to rely on left wing parties in order to pass the bailout packages. Even if it were to bring down the government, the PVV will never support these packages, where the thrifty are forced to pay for the fraudulent.
The Norwegian madman Anders Breivik got some words from Wilders, who pointed out that Breivik openly stated that he did not respect the democratic system, and thus was in no way part of the Islam critical movement in Europe. His murderous acts are his own responsibilities, condemned wide and far, including by everyone Breivik quoted in his 'Manifesto'. More democracy, not more violence, is the way forward. That includes more direct democracy, like in Switzerland.
His aquittal after two years of trials suspected of hate speech was a landmark event. The Dutch court had clearly declared that freedom of speech trumps considerations for religious sensitivities, and had acquitted him on all accounts, That had caused the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to protest, a protest that the Dutch government had flat out refused to take ad notam, stating that the OIC had no standing to restrict what a politician in the Netherlands had the right to say.
At that point, some members of the audience, presumably left-wing extremists, stood up and shouted some words about 'Racism', 'Fascism' and the like, trying to make a systematic chanting of slogans interrupt the meeting. It would seem that they have an unhealthy obsession with totalitarian ideologies and a lack of understanding of political dialogue, since they so systematically resort to name-calling, intimidation and chanting of slogans. They were obviously in breach of security and were quickly taken outside the conference hall. Wilders quietly pointed out that they were on the left wing, again, and that they apparently didn't like that he had been acquitted in his trial.
On a related note, the Netherlands have decided to not take part in the Durban III conference, due to the openly anti-Semitic agenda of the organizing countries, as well as similar racist outcomes of the previous conference. Wilders and the PVV strongly support Israel and will not accept any attempts to de-legitimize the state of Israel nor other attempts to prevent the Jewish state to defend the rights of the Jews. As in Israel, the nation-state remains the best framework for defending the rights of the citizens, be it in the Netherlands, Germany, France, Denmark, Sweden or elsewhere.
Finally, he spoke words of encouragement to Stadtkewitz and to DIE FREIHEIT in general. That it takes time and work to get in a position like the PVV is now, and that his own long journey to that end had been well worth it. Achieving a change of debate and a change of politics is doable, and it is urgent.
Standing in for Robert Spencer
Since Robert Spencer had cancelled with a two day notice, Warren from Australia took up the difficult task of replacing him, having tried to translate as much as possible from the address Spencer would have given, also commenting on what he saw as the most urgent issues at hand, not least the ongoing challenges of our right to speak the truth.
For while Geert Wilders had been acquitted, others have been convicted. Lars Hedegaard in Denmark for mentioning the deplorable situation for Muslim women, Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff in Austria for calling sex with minors 'paedophilia'.
In the case in Austria, the judge determined that since Muhammad (according to Islamic scripture) had sex with Aisha from she was nine to she was 18, using the label 'paedophilia' was, from a professional point of view, an incorrect application of the label, and an affront to religious teachings. The verdict is pending appeal.
Warren had also been present in Stuttgart, where left-wing extremists by the hundred had assaulted an event for persecuted Christians, effectively barring the Aramaic and Coptic Christians from explaining about the plight in their countries and performing their songs. Instead, Warren and other strong men had stood the ground on the stage under bombardment of bottles, eggs and horse manure, and told the violent extremists that their assault on freedom of assembly and freedom of expression was a disgrace for Germany and the West.
Robert Spencer had in his original speech explained in detail about the notorious imam Rauf and the Ground Zero Mosque project. Spencer had detailed how the imam deceptively was trying to present himself as 'moderate', the project as benign, but in reality had an agenda to eventually implement Sharia law in the United States of America. At the moment, the project seems stalled. The upcoming rally on September 11th 2011 will be interesting to follow.
Freysinger and the European bull
Getting Oskar Freysinger on stage was a radical change from soft-spoken Wilders and Warren. Freysinger is loud, agitated, routinely uses poetry and metaphors to explain his views. The lead theme of this speech was a poem based on the legend of Europa riding the bull, with Freysinger ridiculing the aggressive, power-hungry bull of Brussels who still isn't able to get little Switzerland to go along for the ride. Worse, Switzerland is currently the only country qualified to adopt the Euro but blank out refuses to do so.
Direct democracy is a key wish of DIE FREIHEIT, and Freysinger took some time explaining how it is used in Switzerland. Not only can any law be taken to referendum quite easily, citizens are also able to create a Citizens initiative, where any issue can be put to the vote on request. Not only does that enable citizens to keep the politicians in check and raise issues that the political elite would rather avoid, the direct democracy also gives the actual decisions greater legitimacy. No one in their right mind would challenge a decision backed by 60 or 70 percent of the Swiss citizens.
Further, Freysinger ridiculed the fact that we let a totalitarian political ideology take roots with only symbolic resistance, like the 2009 ban on erecting minarets in Switzerland. The reality on the ground is that Islamists are permitted to organize themselves according to their anti-democratic ideology, just like in Turkey where the secular heritage of Kemal Atatürk is now effectively dismantled, without any objections from the West, not even a cancellation of the Turkish EU membership negotiations. One may wonder if our leaders have become mad or blind.
There was no questions and answers session in the conference itself, but it was followed by a press conference for the journalists present. In the first question, Wilders elaborated what he means by 'patriotism', the good nationalism where one is proud of ones' country, rejects cultural relativism and the European Union Superstate. And underlined again that this has nothing to do with fascism.
On a question about the EU bailout packages, Marc Doll said that the system had been misused to purchase popularity, by politicians who no longer think in terms of 'generations', but by 'election period'. The bailouts are also part of this short-sighted and dysfunctional policy.
What is really needed is that the people and the politicians in the debt-ridden countries need to ponder what had gone wrong and what is needed to set it right, in a process that would also benefit democracy and sovereignty of the peoples. René Stadtkewitz added that Greece would never have gotten this cheap credit without the euro and the ECB, that the system is fundamentally broken and cannot be saved.
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DIE FREIHEIT steps up to become the necessary corrective means against the political aberrations of the past decades. DIE FREIHEIT unites former members of all large parties as well as numerous people who never were active in politics before.
All of them share the fear that the current policy of ignoring citizens will, of turning a blind eye to serious social problems, of incurring escalating debt, and last but not least, that all of this within the framework of a wrongly constructed European Union could ultimately jeopardize prosperity, liberty and even peace in Germany and Europe.
DIE FREIHEIT offers citizens an eligible alternative to the standard opinion of established parties.
DIE FREIHEIT represents a policy of reason, self-determination and performance aspiration.
DIE FREIHEIT demands more democracy through referendums and citizens participation.
And DIE FREIHEIT stands for a sophisticated, self-confident and wealthy German republic alongside its faithful long-term allies in the Western World: in Europe, America and Israel (Jerusalem Declaration).
DIE FREIHEIT pledges itself to those values, which founded the success of the Federal Republic of Germany and stands sincere, courageous and reliable against all forces, which threaten this success.
DIE FREIHEIT (FREEDOM) Our Program
Mainstream Culture & Integration
One glance at the metropolitan areas of our nation shows that the integration politics of previous decades has failed. With political Islam, there is a system on the march which is diametrically opposed to the values of our liberal-democratic constitutional order.
We demand that further immigration be stopped until the current integration problems have been solved. Integration has to comply with the necessities of our society. Elementary components of our liberal mainstream culture such as our constitution, secular state, freedom of expression and achievement principle are non-negotiable premises for participation in our society.
A Strong Europe of Sovereign Nations
The established parties call it alternative-less to save indebted countries such as Greece and Portugal with ever-increasing bail-outs totaling billions of euros. Therewith, they endanger the prosperity of future generations and create the prerequisites for a permanent European transfer union. We demand that the safety net for the euro zone be immediately stopped and that a European Insolvency Statute for affected countries that enables national bankruptcy, debt conversion and temporary withdrawal from the euro zone be duly introduced. A permanent European transfer union is an absolutely wrong concept because it punishes reliable fiscal policy while even rewarding unreliable incurring debts.
More Democracy We are the People
The political system in Germany has turned into a dictatorship of parties. Important decisions are made, which are closed to the public and are all too often in direct opposition to the will and interests of the citizens. The result is low election turnout and frustration with parties.
We demand that the power of parties be restricted and that citizens finally get involved in political-decisions processes. Therefore, we want to introduce a direct democracy as practiced in Switzerland with nation-wide referenda allowing Germans to vote on their constitutional law. For the country belongs to the people, not to the parties.
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