AMSTERDAM Dec 9 Dutch politician Geert Wilders
said on Friday his conviction for insulting Moroccans and
inciting discrimination against them was an attempt to silence
him before a national election in March that would fail.
Wilders was convicted over a televised 2014 incident in
which he led supporters in chanting that they wanted "Fewer!
Fewer! Fewer!" Moroccans in the Netherlands.
In a videotaped response to the verdict, which he did not
attend in person, Wilders said: "I will never be silenced". He
said the ruling was an attempt to "neutralize the leader
(himself) of the largest and most popular opposition party in
Wilders' Freedom Party leads Prime Minister Mark Rutte's
conservative VVD party in some polls ahead of a national
parliamentary election scheduled for March 15.
(Reporting by Toby Sterling; Editing by Gareth Jones)