by Geert Wilders
Pim Fortuyn, the hero of Rotterdam, the man who shook the country
awake, once said, "Do not aim for what is possible, but what is
imaginable." He wanted to make clear that for us, the Dutch, nothing is
Pim Fortuyn was right. Nothing is impossible for us. We are Dutch.
Look at our country. We have single-handedly created this unique and
beautiful land. We are the only people in the world living in a country
which for the largest part we created ourselves. A great achievement.
We not only created our own land, but we also explored the world. We
have sailed all the seas. We founded New York and discovered Australia.
Sometimes, it seems like we have forgotten it all. Forgotten what we are
capable of. What we are capable of when we put our mind to it. And
maybe that is our problem. We must dare to think big again. Because
where there is a will, there is a way.
And yes, I know. Many things are bothering us. There is also much to
be angry about, and rightfully so. This government has destroyed our
country with its austerity policies and has allowed our country to be
colonized by Islam. But let's start aiming for the imaginable. Let us
liberate our country.
Four years ago, Mark Rutte won the election with a campaign based on
false promises. With lies and deceit. No more money to the Greeks, 1,000
euros for every Dutch citizen, a strict immigration policy. And the
Labour Party was his enemy, as everyone remembers. He recently
apologized, but he didn't draw his conclusions. On the contrary, he
apologized but continues destroying and giving away our country.
Perhaps, he will even govern with Labour again for another four years.
No one can still believe what he says. And my question to you is: do you
want a prime minister like that for the next four years?
At the moment, you are living in the land of Mark Rutte. And for
many, that is no longer a pleasant land. Just walk out your front door
and look around. Chances are that thugs are hanging around at the
entrance of your local convenience store. That you get spit on and
robbed there. That your daughters, your wives, and your parents get
harassed and no longer dare to go out at night. That you are becoming a
stranger in your own country. That must change. Because this is our
country. And it is being taken away from you. And I will take it back
A politician like me, who speaks the truth about a huge problem many
Dutch are confronted with every day -- yes, I am talking about the
terror of Islam and the Moroccan problem -- is dragged to court. Facing
trial, while imams can preach all the hatred they want and the political
elites keep silent. They call themselves leaders, but they do not lead;
Mark Rutte's plan can be summarized in one word: Dereliction of duty.
My plan for the Netherlands is called Liberation. And liberation begins with stating the facts.
The facts: Six out of every ten inmates in the Netherlands are
immigrants, and of all prisoners, more than 10% are of Moroccan origin.
Moroccan youths are nearly five times more often suspected of a crime
than native youths. The Netherlands has become a continuous live
broadcast of Opsporing Verzocht ["Wanted Criminals", a Dutch television program]. A politician who keeps silent about this is worthless. I refuse to do that.
And I will not keep silent about Islam either. Never, ever. Because
silence is dangerous. Last July, Nobel Prize winner and Holocaust
survivor Elie Wiesel passed away. I met him a few years ago in New York.
He gave the world a wise lesson: "When someone says they want to kill
you, believe them." Islam says it wants to kill us. The Koran leaves no
doubt about that.
Seven out of ten Dutch Muslims believe that religious rules are more
important than Dutch secular laws. And more than one in ten Muslims in
the Netherlands find it acceptable to use violence in name of Islam.
That is more than 100,000 people. Many refuse to integrate and show no
respect for Dutch authority in areas such as Maassluis or Poelenburg.
They give us the middle finger. Islamic hooligans parade with Islamic
State flags through the streets in The Hague and occupy bridges with
Turkish flags in Rotterdam. This is our country, but their flags are
Look at their flags. And look at our flag. There is no Koran verse
and no crescent on our flag, but red, white and blue stripes. The red of
our identity, the white of our freedom and the blue of the truth. This
is the time that from house to house, from street to street and from
municipality to municipality, we must raise our flag. Everywhere. With
pride. Because this is our country, our Netherlands! And it cries for
When I come to power, I will protect our beautiful country. And this
is only possible if we de-Islamize. I want to make it the core of my
policy. Because I refuse to let this wonderful country of ours perish
and I choose our culture and the freedom of our people.
Our values are not Islamic, but are based on the Judeo-Christian and
humanist civilization. We have the right and freedom to choose how we
want to live our lives, and to never give away this right. Twelve years
ago, Theo van Gogh was murdered. He gave his life for the freedom that
lies at the heart of our Dutch identity. And that identity must defend
itself. We must not allow those who want to destroy our freedom to abuse
freedom in order to take ours away. We must stop being naive and defend
ourselves. Because this is our country.
The Dutch are fully aware of the fact that while there are moderate
Muslims, there is no moderate Islam. Two out of three Dutch people say
that the Islamic culture does not belong to the Netherlands.
Three-quarters of the Dutch people believe that politicians
underestimate the problem of the rising numbers of Muslims in our
country. More than three-quarters believe that Islam is not an
enrichment for the Netherlands. Those people are right. But nobody
listens to them. Only I do.
Mark Rutte spoke about stubborn optimism, but the Netherlands do not
need laughing donkeys. It needs heroes with firm realism. We cannot
afford to underestimate the seriousness of the threat. Because the
threat is existential: the survival of our country is at stake.
Potential terrorists are already among us in great numbers and are
coming to Europe on a daily basis, also with the influx of asylum
seekers. They walk free here. It is a dereliction of duty to do nothing
about it and to leave our borders open to tens of thousands mainly
Islamic fortune-seekers from the Middle East and Africa.
We must also liberate ourselves from the Europhiles in Brussels who
wipe the floor with our identity, our sovereignty and our prosperity. We
are no longer in control of our own borders, our own money, our own
democracy. If we decide in a referendum that we do not want something,
like the association agreement with Ukraine, then they force it down our
throats anyways. Because the will of the people is not relevant to the
elite. They are laughing at us.
Everything belonging to our culture is being taken away from us. Even Zwarte Piet (Black Pete) is not allowed anymore. The elite wants to abolish the word "allochtoon"
(foreigner), but it is the native people who are losing their country. I
refuse to let that happen. This is our country, our culture, our
identity. The Netherlands, this beautiful country, this great nation,
this beacon of freedom, it is ours and will remain ours! This is the
time to withstand tyranny.
Today, I appeal to all the Dutch. To everyone who enjoys our hard-won
freedoms, to everyone who wants to safeguard the prosperity and wealth
of this great country for their children and grandchildren: let us show
the world that we are Dutch. Stand up -- democratically and
non-violently -- against the elites who are giving away your country.
The task that lays ahead of us is immense. But the courage to reclaim
our country is so, too. There are many good things to be preserved and
there are many things that have to be rebuilt.
This is the time for clear language: Dutch money for the Dutch
people! Not a penny to Africa, Turkey, Greece or Brussels anymore. If we
do that, so much will become possible. Imagine it! Then we will be able
to reduce taxes for everyone, so the purchasing power can rise
significantly and the economy can get a tremendous boost. We will be
able give our elderly a decent old day. We will be able to can lower the
retirement age to 65 again, and no pensions will have to be cut.
I also want to keep our nursing homes open and employ thousands of
extra nurses. In my Netherlands, we remedy the terrible degradation of
healthcare under Rutte II and there will be many nurses taking care of
our elderly with dedication, love and respect, day and night. In my
Netherlands, we abolish deductibles in healthcare. It is intolerable
that Dutch people are avoiding healthcare because they cannot afford it,
while asylum seekers, who on average have 1,000 euros more healthcare
costs a year, get everything for free. This injustice fills me with
We will be able to spend more on the police and the army, so they
have more resources to keep our country safe and free and to protect our
property and borders. We must close our borders to asylum seekers and
immigrants from Islamic countries, no longer allow jihadists from Syria
return, and denaturalize and expel criminals with dual citizenship. We
must liberate our country.
I also want to introduce direct democracy in the Netherlands with
binding referendums. Our political system is still that of the 20th
century, ruled by the same arrogant political elites with their false
promises and hypocritical apologies. If the mess created by Mark Rutte
has taught us one thing, it is this: the people should be able to pull
the emergency brake when the political elites violate their will. And
not just once every four years.
The past decades, millions of Dutch people have seen how their
country was hijacked before their very eyes. It did not take a genius to
know that this would end badly. The constant transferring of
sovereignty to the EU, the euro that does more harm than good, the
endless waste of money spent on the Greeks, the dangers of Islam, the
open borders and mass immigration, the growing threat of terrorism, the
tsunami of asylum seekers, the tax increases, and last but not least,
the budget cuts in healthcare for the elderly and the disabled that have
crushed the weakest in our society.
Unfortunately, those who warned have been proven right. But there is
hope. Together we can take care of that. When a nation awakes and starts
moving, everything is possible. I am not saying that the task will be
easy. But it can be done, and it must be done. Because we have no
choice. A strong and sovereign country where hard work is rewarded and
the weak are protected, where terrorists cannot just cross the border at
Hazeldonk [main border crossing with Belgium], where women can walk the
streets in skirts without being harassed or sexually assaulted, where
care is affordable and pensions are decent, where all citizens --
including Jews, homosexuals, women, and critics of Islam -- are safe.
Where patriotism is not an insult but a badge of honor. Where Islam is
shown the door.
This beautiful country, our country, is not lost. In fact, the best
years lay ahead of us. If we make the right choices. And say goodbye to
those who look away from the problems and give away the Netherlands. It
is time for liberation! Let us reclaim our country together.
Starting on March 15, 2017!