Baudet banned from speaking in parliament, again states support for Putin
MPs have voted overwhelmingly to ban far right MP Thierry Baudet from speaking in parliament for a seven day period for failing to include his business dealings in the register of MPs interests.
Two other MPs from Baudet’s Forum voor Democratie have also been given a formal reprimand for refusing to include their work for publishing company Amsterdam Media Group in the register.
The ban, set to come into effect on Wednesday, means Baudet can vote but not speak. However, there are only two days of debate left before parliament breaks up for the autumn recess.
Meanwhile, MPs have expressed concern about a recent interview given by Baudet to an American broadcaster in which he admitted to being a conspiracy theorist and said he believed the world is being governed by evil reptiles. He also again professed his support for Russian president Vladimir Putin and said he hoped he would win the war in Ukraine.
Baudet later dismissed the reptile comments, saying it was a metaphor.
Nevertheless, his statement coincides with a pending visit by British conspiracy theorist and anti-Semite David Icke, who believes the world is governed by shape shifting reptiles and is due to give a speech at a rally in central Amsterdam on November 6.
The Samen voor Nederland rally includes Baudet’s FvD and a number of conspiracy and anti-vax groups among its supporters.
Jewish groups have now asked justice minister Dilan Yeşilgöz and the city of Amsterdam to stop Icke from speaking at the gathering, which will be held next to the war memorial on Dam square.
MPs from the ruling VVD and ChristenUnie have also asked Yeşilgöz to intervene.
A spokesman for Amsterdam mayor Femke Halsema said officials are currently working on recommendations about how to handle the planned visit.
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