I’ve been following political developments in Europe closely for the past ten years, and I’m sensing a qualitative difference just in the past few months. People are being prosecuted and convicted for “hate speech” in Denmark, which used to be immune to such nonsense. People are being arrested for criticizing immigration on Facebook.
And in the PowNed news video below, you’ll see a man being arrested at a PEGIDA protest in The Netherlands for wearing a silly pig hat.
The translator includes this summary of what happened:
There is a protest with hardly a Mohammedan in sight. One of the protesters wears a funny hat, in the shape of a pig. This hat does not cover his face in any way. Much less than a headscarf (or worse) does. Therefore the police have no legal reason to ask him to remove this hat. Nevertheless they do. Their reason? In order not to offend Mohammedans.
Many thanks to H. Numan for the translation, and to Vlad Tepes for the subtitling:
|00:04||It’s Saturday, therefore everywhere demonstrations against AZCs [refugee centres] in The Netherlands.|
|00:09||And today we choose Ede [to film].|
|00:22||To stand for norms and values doesn’t make one a racist. That seems clear enough.|
|00:25||That’s very clear language! That’s it. We’re tarred as a bunch of weirdos. Which is nonsense.|
|00:30||We’re just concerned citizens, who stand for our country.|
|00:35||I don’t want to call for violence, but it appears to have worked.|
|00:38||You really think so? Yes, regretfully it’s necessary.|
|00:43||We achieve something, don’t we? Geldermalsen is canceled, Heesen is canceled. Slowly we’re getting somewhere. High time!|
|00:49||[interruption] Go stand in front of another flag, not ours! I’m fed up with you!|
|00:52||I’m just interviewing this chap here.|
|00:55||I’m standing on public property.|
|00:59||I’m having a reasonable conversation with this man. I’m trying it again.|
|01:12||I’m only watching for the fun of it. I saw mounted police over there.|
|01:16||I thought, ‘What’s going on?’ You never see them [the mounted police].|
|01:21||You really aren’t allowed that little piglet on your head?|
|01:24||Obviously not. Did they give a reason why not? Because of the context — it could be perceived as insulting.|
|01:30||Edwin, what’s going on? Because of a pig-hat you get arrested.|
|01:33||Are you being arrested? That lady was ordered to take it down, and I refused.|
|01:39||It’s outrageous! You can buy them anywhere.|
|01:42||A bit of carnival? Yeah.|
|01:46||Sweetie [to the cop], I’m just asking him a simple question. Come on guys, this is public property.|
|01:49||You arrest someone for wearing a pig-hat.|
|01:52||That’s news and I can film/video that.|
|02:03||I’m getting something to eat and to drink. I assume because of a pig-hat one gets arrested in The Netherlands.|
|02:10||I’m flabbergasted. Whether or not it was provocation, it is and remains a pig-hat.|
|02:15||I don’t see any provocation.|
|02:18||He’s being transported, in the police van. I’m officially not allowed to comment.|
|02:23||But I find this way too much.