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A case will be made about those slogans later, today it was about an incident in October 2021. The two men and a third suspect, Albert Jan P. (28) pasted stickers with texts such as ‘White lives matter’, ‘National socialism, we will be back ‘ and ‘Stop white replacement’ in the center of Breda.
A 25-year-old Amsterdammer who was walking down the street with his wife removed one of the stickers. In any case, P. called ‘cancer negro’ to this man and that is a criminal offense, the OM argued. The other two would also have used this word to the Amsterdammers, but they deny that. 34-year-old Daniel S. is said to have hit the man after this. According to S.’s lawyer, his client acted in self-defense. He himself is not present in court.
‘Angry, disappointed and sad’
The victim, a 25-year-old man, said to be angry, disappointed and sad. “I think it’s terrible that we have to sit here, that we’re talking about races in 2023. We just have to be able to interact normally.” His wife, who would also have been called names: “I hope that after today they will consider that people really care,” says them emotional. “Everyone is equal. I didn’t choose my color, I was born with it. I don’t have to fight for it.”
When asked whether the swear word used is offensive, John A. does not want to answer. Albert Jan P. thinks so and finally apologizes to the victim. He says he has now turned his life around and is no longer concerned with these actions.
right-wing extremist theory
John A. calls the sticking of stickers ‘peaceful activism’ and defends the texts. He wants to be a support for white people because, according to him, they are demonized and threaten to become a minority through conscious policy. This is the so-called depopulation theory, a right-wing extremist idea for which there is no evidence.
Through his lawyer, Daniel S. says he thinks it’s important that white people don’t “get snowed under”. According to him, his client had not wanted to use violence, because that would divert attention from the substantive message. He would have defended himself.
The OM believes that certain stickers that the suspects had with them and distributed, including ‘Stop white replacement’, are discriminatory and punishable because these texts propagate the racial doctrine. That is, one race is inferior to the other.
One of the lawyers states that the texts fall within the limits of freedom of expression. “As the social debate intensifies, there is more room for freedom of expression. You can find it morally reprehensible, but people are allowed to express their thoughts, aren’t they?”
The public prosecutor calls freedom of expression a great good, but not “the greatest good of all”. “It is not unlimited, not even in the social debate. Where does the coin flip from social debate to unnecessarily offensive? That is when the race doctrine is propagated.” The officer also points to the context. “You are not out to have a discussion or debate, because if someone says something about the stickers, you will swear and even hit.”
50 to 120 hours of community service
All three suspects have previously had problems with the law. Albert Jan P. was previously convicted of insult, two cases are pending against John A. and Daniel S. has been convicted twice before for assault.
The Public Prosecution Service is demanding 50 and 70 hours of community service against A. and P. respectively. As far as the judiciary is concerned, S. must receive 120 hours of community service and a symbolic prison sentence of one day. The verdict is on March 31.
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