On January 22 2013 the court of Noord-Holland has convicted a 49 year old woman to a 4 months prison sentence on charges of repeatedly inciting criminal offenses, through the use of writings and pictures.
Joke Kaviaar, activist and publicist against the oppression, detention and deportation of refugees in the Netherlands , has been sentenced to a four months jail sentence for “incitement”. Solidarity with refugees should know no borders; solidarity against efforts to censor Joke Kaviaar, and all the ones speaking out against this repression should know no borders either. Joke Kaviaar will not shut up. Neither should we.
The Public Prosecution thinks it has the right to prosecute me on charges of what it calls ‘incitement’. In fact they are persecuting me because of my opinion, because of my written attacks on the destruction machine that is called immigration policy.
In an article published in the newspaper, Noord Hollands Dagblad, dated December 29, 2012 a spokesman of the National Prosecutors Office said about their case against me: “We find it most of all important that she stands trial and has to answer herself for her words.” So, for words… Words that I will not take back. The same spokesman also said: “The defendant seems to have done nothing to make sure that her website would disappear.”
Today again it becomes more than obvious: the National Prosecutors Office wants me to censor myself, since they can not: “It is going to be difficult to prevent such mirror websites.” as was said in Noord Hollands Dagblad. Power feels powerless, so it is intent on revenge.
A response by Joke Kaviaar to the demand of the prosecution in the political trial of January 8, 2013
During the political trial against me, the prosecutor demanded a six months prison sentence for what she calls ‘incitement’. Is that a lot? Yes. Is that an outrage? Yes. Was it to be expected? Yes.
The public prosecution, represented by prosecutor Gerda Visser, proved itself very predictable in the requisitory. Her story was built up around RARA (Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action), the attack on the house of Aad Kosto in 1991 and, as she (or rather the AIVD’s report ‘The Fire of Resistance’ she quoted) put it, the growing resistance over the past few years against the ‘asylum’ policy.