By Tamsin Brown • 17 December 2021 • 9:51
A Dutch minister has been put on trial for saying “the unvaccinated are the new Jews” and making other statements comparing the pandemic to the Holocaust.
A Dutch minister has been made to delete the posts he shared on Twitter comparing the current COVID-related health restrictions to the Holocaust.
Thierry Baudet is the leader of the conservative party Forum for Democracy, which came in eighth place in the elections held in March 2021 with 5.02% of the votes. The party currently occupies 8 seats in the Dutch parliament.
Baudet posted on Twitter that unvaccinated people were “the new Jews”, and that “those who turn a blind eye to the exclusions” are “the new Nazis”.
In a series of Tweets, the minister compared the victims of the genocide to the unvaccinated, in response to the rules implemented in the Netherlands that do not allow people to enter certain public spaces without a vaccination certificate.
He also posted a photo of a Nazi concentration camp, with the caption: “How is it POSSIBLE that no-one sees that history is repeating itself?”
His posts enraged four Holocaust survivors and various Jewish associations in the Netherlands, who took him to court and accused him of disrespecting the Holocaust.
It was ruled that Baudet would have 48 hours to delete the messages, or he would face a daily fine of 25,000 euros until they were deleted. The judge ruled that the minister “had offended the victims of the Holocaust and their relatives on a whim”.
He is also banned from posting any image of the Holocaust during the debates on the health restrictions in the Netherlands.
Baudet’s lawyer insists that his client did not mean to offend anyone with the comparisons, and had only wanted to warn the population of the dangers of the excessive exclusion of unvaccinated people.
Thierry Baudet branded the verdict as “incomprehensible and ludicrous”.
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Originally from London, Tamsin is based in Malaga and is a local reporter for the Euro Weekly News covering Spanish and international news.
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