Oh, delicious irony, how sweet do you taste!
What do a punk song and a WW2 address have in common? Both have been banned for criticising Geert Wilders’ anti-islamic PVV, the Freedom Party. Is freedom of speech doomed in the Netherlands? Not if it’s up to cultural historian Thomas von der Dunk.
Von der Dunk was invited to deliver an annual address named after the Dutch resistance hero Willem Arondeus. The address is aimed at underlining the relevance of World War Two to the present day. Von der Donk planned to criticise Geert Wilders’ PVV party, which he claims is discriminatory and undermining the rule of law.
But Von der Dunk is apparently not allowed to say this in the Netherlands, and his address has been cancelled. The organisation says his speech was “too politically coloured”. But Von der Dunk says it’s impossible to avoid politics in an argument about social issues.
There’s more at Radio Netherlands.