The incitement conviction of Geert Wilders, a Dutch far-right politician who vowed to ensure his country has fewer Moroccans, will strengthen him electorally, the former leader of Dutch Jewry's watchdog on racism said.
Wilders was convicted Friday for incitement to discrimination over that 2014 pledge, but the court in Schiphol imposed no punishment, ruling that the conviction was "punishment enough," the AD daily reported. He was acquitted of inciting to hate.
Calling his Party for Freedom "the largest opposition movement" in the Netherlands, Wilders in a defiant video message about his conviction pledged to "keep naming the Moroccan problem" and said that while the sentence attempts to silence him and his followers, it "only makes me stronger." He has vowed to appeal the sentence.