The Dutch government is ready for any possible fallout of a planned film by far-right MP Geert Wilders that attacks Islam as an “inspiration for murder,” Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende said Friday.
Earlier on Friday Dutch media had reported that the government had compiled a secret document on how best to deal with reactions to the film.
Wilders, the head of the far-right Freedom Party, announced in November that he planned to release a 10-minute film this month that will show that Islam’s holy book, the Koran, “is an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror”.
Observers say Wilders might burn or tear up the Koran in the movie. In February last year the MP called on Muslims to “tear out half the pages of the Koran and throw them away”.
The Hague fears a repeat of riots when thousands took to the streets in Muslim countries to protest cartoons of the prophet Mohammed that appeared in a Danish newspaper in 2005.
The protests left some hundred people dead, Danish embassies were attacked and Danish goods were boycotted.
Balkenende said he could not comment on Wilders’s film project because he had not seen the actual movie but stressed the government would not censor anything beforehand.
“The Netherlands has a tradition of freedom of expression and freedom of religion but also a tradition of mutual respect, and provocations do not fit into that. I call on everybody to take their individual responsibility,” he said.
* Freedom of speech is a “provocation”. Truth is a provocation.
According to the De Volkskrant newspaper and RTL-news, the government has already prepared for a possible evacuation of Dutch embassies and citizens from the Middle East.
But Foreign Ministry spokesman Bart Rijs told AFP Friday that there were no special emergency measures for Wilders’s film in place at the moment.
“We always have scenarios for possible calamities at our embassies, consulates and other Dutch representations abroad. They are regularly updated,” he said.
“There is no reason to believe the Dutch government is now implementing an emergency scenario and there is no reason now to evacuate anybody,” Rijs stressed.
Wilders, whose party holds nine of the 150 seats in parliament, insists he will go ahead with his movie despite the uproar.
“Now that everybody is already in a state (over the film) I see it as a confirmation that I should go ahead. I would not be worth a button if I were to capitulate now,” he told the HP/De Tijd magazine.
Wilders is known for his harsh anti-Islam stance and has been under round-the-clock protection since the November 2004 murder of outspoken Dutch columnist Theo van Gogh by a radical Muslim.
Van Gogh was killed after he directed a controversial film written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a former political ally of Wilders, that examined the subordination of women in Islamic society.
Wilders has received a number of death threats.
Muslims Keep Demonizing Geert Wilders
The Dutch Government says it is concerned about the reactions in the Netherlands and in foreign countries. What the Government means is, they fear reactions of muslims in Holland and in islamic states. This proves Wilders’s point. Fear is governing Holland.
The chairman of the Dutch muslim council regrets the fact this movie is being made. He fears the worst when this film shall be shown to the public. “Our boys in the street shall have the last words”, he says. This remark can be considered to be the first threat. ’…and we can’t stop them. Look what happens in France” he said.
Muslims and their dhimmi allies (non-Muslims afraid of Islam) who oppose Geert Wilders want to stop him and are assembling a counter movement. Mohammed Sini, the chairman of the foundation of islam and citizenship is planning to build this movement. “This is definitely going to happen. I also call on to all muslims to stay calm and to accept that the are being insulted” he said today in the Telegraaf. “Wilders is evil and evil has to be stopped”. (see their poster below)
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The Arab European League (AEL) is going to bring out a film to counter the film on the Koran being prepared by right-wing politician Geert Wilders.
HILVERSUM â€“ The Arab European League (AEL) is going to bring out a film to counter the film on the Koran being prepared by right-wing politician Geert Wilders.
Abdou Bouzerda of the Dutch branch of the AEL said this Thursday evening on the current events programme NOVA.
The AEL hopes in its film to show the other side of the Koran and Islam. “I call on all Muslims to join the public debate,” Bouzerda said.