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Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders was found guilty of insulting Moroccans as a group, but acquitted of inciting hatred and discrimination by the appeals court of The Hague in Badhoevedorp on Friday.

Wilders, leader of the right-wing populist Party for Freedom (PVV), was convicted for statements made in 2014. In his speech after the municipal elections campaign on March 19 that year, Wilders asked his supporters whether they wanted “more or fewer” Moroccans. They replied by chanting “fewer, fewer.” “Good, we’re going to arrange that,” Wilders concluded.

In 2016 the court of The Hague already found Wilders guilty for insulting Moroccans as a group and also for inciting discrimination. But he was acquitted of inciting hatred. On Friday the appeals court acquitted him of both inciting hatred and discrimination.

Both times Wilders was not given a punishment. According to the court, as a democratically elected politician, he has been paying a high price already for his statements for years.

Wilders has announced that he will appeal again at the Supreme Court. “I will always continue. This will make me and the PVV stronger,” the PVV leader reacted in a statement after the ruling.

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