Far right keeps lying about immigrants
Raoul du Pré
Dutch nationalists are at it again, said Raoul du Pré. The latest proponent of an “unadulterated racist agenda” is Thierry Baudet, leader of the far-right party Forum for Democracy. On Twitter and Instagram earlier this month he claimed that two female friends had been “seriously harassed by four Moroccans on a train.” Saying the “childishly naive” Dutch must end their “politically correct bulls---,” he urged voters to back his party in order to “save this country.” But the story wasn’t true. The rail company clarified that three of the men involved in the incident were actually plainclothes ticket inspectors. The fourth, meanwhile, was a police officer who’d been called over by the inspectors when the women refused to show their tickets. Several days later, Baudet admitted that he’d been too quick to link the confrontation to mass immigration. But this “half-hearted” apology shouldn’t get him off the hook. He is guilty of an “eager, willful” attempt to blame an entire ethnic community for an imagined offense, and he now faces a police investigation for the false claim. But following his party’s shock success in last year’s local elections, it is essential that voters send a “clear message” in the 2021 general election that racism has no place in the Netherlands.