Dutch MP Geert Wilders Relaunches Muhammad Cartoon Contest

Mr. Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), on June 25 in Amsterdam.
Mr. Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), on June 25 in Amsterdam. Eva Plevier / REUTERS

Far-right Dutch MP Geert Wilders announced on Saturday evening, December 28, that he would relaunch the organization of a cartoon contest for the Prophet Muhammad.

Geert Wilders, known for his anti-Islam positions, invited his Twitter followers to follow him “Send caricatures-Muhammad”, satirical drawings depicting the prophet. The Member wishes to organize the competition on the premises of the Dutch Parliament in The Hague, invoking freedom of expression.

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Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party (PVV), had already announced in June 2018 his intention to organize such a contest, before canceling it after having been the target of death threats. The initiative had drawn strong criticism from the Muslim community, particularly in Pakistan, where several protests had taken place, and incidents had followed in the wake of the Netherlands.

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Under permanent protection

Dutch court sentenced Pakistani to 10 years in prison last November for preparing a ” terrorist attack “ against the deputy. Pakistani arrested in The Hague posted a Facebook video in which he said he wanted to send Mr. Wilders ” in hell “ and called on other Muslims to support him.

The MP had decided two days later to cancel the competition. The following day, a young Afghan had stabbed two American tourists with a knife at Amsterdam Central Station. Sentenced to 26 years in prison in October, this Afghan said he carried out the attack for “Protect the Prophet Muhammad”, evoking in particular the name of Geert Wilders.

Wilders, 56, enjoys constant protection from the Dutch state.

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