The EU parliament decision “marks the difference between those who denounce and fight Islamist fundamentalism and those who want to hide the atrocities.”
Indeed. The EU is desperate to hide the atrocities, particularly as the results of their suicidal immigration policies are becoming crystal clear to everyone. These corrupt authoritarians may be able to shut down those who call attention to these atrocities, and they may be able to persecute Le Pen, but they will not be able to hide the truth forever: their policies are blowing up in their faces, a phrase that is becoming more literal by the day.
“EU Parliament lifts Le Pen immunity over gruesome tweets,” by Samuel Petrequin, Associated Press, March 2, 2017:
PARIS (AP) — The European Parliament voted Thursday to lift the immunity from prosecution for French far-right leader Marine Le Pen for tweeting gruesome images of Islamic State violence, a crime that carries up to three years in prison in France.
The legislature voted by a broad majority in Brussels to clear the way for the possible prosecution of Le Pen over tweets she made in December 2015 showing executions, including the killing of American reporter James Foley by Islamic State extremists.
French prosecutors in the city of Nanterre had asked lawmakers to lift the immunity that Le Pen enjoys as a member of the European Parliament.
Le Pen, a leading candidate in this year’s French presidential election, posted her tweets in response to a journalist who drew an analogy between her anti-immigration National Front party and IS extremists. She was trying to show the difference between the two groups but the effort backfired, drawing widespread condemnation.
Le Pen took down the tweet showing the killing of Foley after his family protested, but left up another image of violence by Islamic State extremists.
Under French law, publishing violent images can be punished by up to three years in jail and a fine of 75,000 euros ($78,800).
Before the vote, Le Pen on Thursday defended her tweets, saying she just wanted to condemn the barbaric practices of IS, also known as Daesh.
“I’m a lawmaker. I’m in my role when I condemn Daesh, this is my role,” she told French TV station LCP. “And if I don’t fulfill my role, I’m worth nothing as a lawmaker. Nobody can prevent a republic’s representative from condemning Daesh’s acts of violence.”
Her campaign manager, David Rachline, denounced the lawmakers’ actions.
The EU parliament decision “marks the difference between those who denounce and fight Islamist fundamentalism and those who want to hide the atrocities,” Rachline said….
Macron said he would not comment on Le Pen’s situation, then added “fortunately our national and European institutions are not losing their common sense.”…
It’s not common sense. It’s naked authoritarianism.