Authored by Joshua Gill via The Daily Caller, A Dutch politician has begun his appeal against his 2016 conviction for inciting discrimination against Muslims, refusing to apologize for seeking to legally limit Islamic influence.

A Dutch court convicted Geert Wilders, of the Freedom Party (PVV), in 2016 for inciting discrimination against Muslims during a campaign rally in which he asked the audience whether they wanted more or fewer Moroccans in the Netherlands, according to Straits Times.

Fewer!” to which Wilders replied “We're going to take care of that,”  according to Reuters.

Geert-Jan Knoops, Wilders' lawyer, argued at the beginning of the proceedings that prosecutors had applied a double standard to Wilders and that they had “selectively applied” to him the standard by which they determine whether speech is discriminatory.

NPO2, 12.53pm – Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) May 17, 2018 The Dutch constitution overtly outlaws discriminatory speech in any context.

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