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Submitted by myth (Germany), Jan 21, 2010 at 10:00

in another comment with respect to this article: http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/167647

I refer to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9gTxc3sEfw8

it is one part a televison programme probably on the air 20.01.2010 on Nederland2 dutch televsion by logo. The subject is the Geert Wilders trial. There is an interview with Filp de Winter (Vlaams Belang from Belgium before Vlaams Blok) Which goes like this(excerpts):

Filip de Winter while watching :fitna "dat we onze solidaritait uiten" that we show our solidarity Filip de Winter asked about Geert Wilders's attitude towards his party at 08:18 "ik denk dat Wilders een bijzondere afstand houdt omdat die ook wel weet dat , ja, optrekken met een veroordelde partij als het vlaams belang, vlaams blok, uiteraard zijn steil opgang misschien in het gedrang zou kunnen brengen. ik heb daar al respect een begrip voor en ik wens het hem niet toe zeker niet vandaag aan de vooravond van een belangrik politiek proces tegen hem, zeker niet."

which I translate like this: "I think that Wilders keeps a special distance for he knows well that, well, working together with a convicted party such as Vlaams Belang, Vlaams blok, naturally would get his steep success maybe into trouble. I have respect and understanding for this and I don't wish it to him, certainly not today on the eve of a an importantant political courtcase against him, certainly not."

From the same youtube clip there is some older material with a Vlaams Blok event in which De Winter says "Vlaams Blok is voor een blank europa", translates in "Vlaams Blok is for a white europe". This may illustrates the substantial basis to regard VB as a racist movement, which is why Wilders may want to keep a distance.

As a background information: Vlaams Blok was the party that preceded Vlaams Belang which was banned entirely on the grounds of racism and discrimination. This is the obvious parallel referenced by De Winter in the interview when he says " I don't wish *it* to him". I know there are people , dutch and english native speakers out there. Please double check my written record of De Winter's words and the translation.


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