On 19 March 2014, Wilders asked his audience “do you want more or less Moroccans in this city and in the Netherlands?”. In response, the audience - which was instructed beforehand - repeatedly chanted “less”. By doing so, Wilders singled out an entire group of citizens without making any distinction. This group has less rights to reside in the Netherlands. Therewith, this statement can be regarded as affecting the dignity of this group as a whole. It is insulting for the entire group.
Wilders addressed his audience and everyone he could reach through its television broadcast. He formulated his questions in an inciting and rousing manner, which resulted in the clear and strong conclusion that was broadcasted directly into living rooms across the Netherlands. The fact that Wilders subsequently stated that he did not refer to all Moroccans does not make the message less insulting. That message already came through loud and clear. It did not contribute to any public debate.
Wilders cannot rely on the freedom of speech as laid down in article 10 of the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (ECHR). In this case, that Convention allows the freedom of speech to be restricted.