Dutch far-right MP fined for posting image with Nazi flag on Twitter

A Dutch far-right lawmaker has been fined for publishing an edited photo of two government ministers standing next to a Nazi flag, the Netherlands’ public prosecution service said in a statement. Thursday,

Pepijn van Houwelingen of the populist Forum for Democracy party (FVD) has to pay a fine of €450.

“After studying the file, the Public Prosecution Service has concluded that it is incriminating from a legal point of view,” the statement said.

Last September, van Houwelingen posted a photo showing the Dutch health minister, Ernst Kuipers, raising a flag displaying the UN Sustainable Development Goals, as well as an edited version of the same image that added a Nazi flag .

The Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Karien van Genneep, can be seen in the background looking at the flag and smiling.

Van Houwelingen later deleted the tweet, but both ministers filed a lawsuit against the health minister Saying “a line [had] clearly exceeded.

Dutch MP then demanded justify In an op-ed published on his own party’s website, he said that the reactions to his tweet had been “a bit exaggerated”.

“Other FVD members have also been consistently linked to Nazism,” he wrote. “But if we do it once – no matter how light-hearted and teasing – the world is too small. What a double standard. What a hypocrisy!

Both ministers are part of Mark Rutte’s centre-right coalition government – ​​Kuipers is from Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD), while Van Gennep is a Christian Democrat.

far-right FVD, led by Thierry Baudet openly eurosceptic and supporters of Dutch-first policies, there is currently a small opposition party, the Holding five seats out of 150 in the lower house of parliament, and One Of the 75 seats in the Senate.