FAR-rightÂ Dutch politician Geert Wilders has called the Prophet Muhammad a murderer and used Anzac soldiers as an example of the courage needed to speak out against Islam at a speech to Melbourne supporters.
Tight security surrounded Mr Wilders’ hour-long speech to members of theÂ ultra-conservativeÂ local group the Q Society of Australia…
In fact, Wilders is not far-Right, I discussed this very point with him on Monday. He’ll own up to being culturally conservative, but his policy platforms aren’t standard far-Right fare. He is a strong supporter of Israel, small government and free speech (reports that he wants the Koran banned are false). He has kept his distance from true far-Right parties such as France’s National Front.
But now note the other half ofÂ The Age’s game with labels:
Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang said: “we’re here to show we will not stand for Wilders’ racism and Islamophobia”.
Protest organiser Feiyi Zhang … said his speech could incite violence against Muslims…
Doesn’t she mean violenceÂ fromÂ Muslims – and from her radical Left?
Audience members had to go through a metal detector, bag searches and identity checks.
Watch the video above. The protesters’ use of physical force and intimidation to stop others from simply listening to whom they like is shameful and betrays the totalitarian instinct of the far-Left. But what is more bizarre is that Leftists claiming to defend Muslims from vilification are, by using this force, only making Islam seem even more threatening.
I really wanted to go last night to hear Geert Wilders but my husband was interstate on business and was very anxious about me attending unaccompanied due to the threats of violence. I am really upset that I didn’t go and ashamed that in this democratic country people are not free to attend a talk such as this without fear and intimidation. How has this happened in my country.
Goodness me, a man wants to get through the crowd, gets pushed and shoved over repeatedly and you can clearly hear and see one of them shout “STOP BEING VIOLENT” (00:57). My jaw honestly dropped, how stupid are these people? Using violence whilst condemning violence? Hypocrite is an understatement. Wilders speaks for those of us who are sick to death of PC thugs telling us what we can and can’t say.Â
For those too frightened by the thuggery and threats to hear Wilders’ speak,Â here is what he said last night.
Read and decide for yourself. Do not let bullies dictate what you may and may not hear.
I am an elected politician from one of the oldest democracies in the world. I am the leader of the Party for Freedom, the largest Dutch opposition party. We have almost 1 million voters in a country that is known for its tolerance. I am not a fringe figure; I am not far-right either. Political opponents brought me to court, accusing me of hate speech and discrimination. But the court in Amsterdam after an ordeal that lasted 2 years cleared me of all charges.
Earlier, I have spoken in the premises of the United States Congress, the British House of Lords, the Danish Parliament and other government premises. I participated in conferences in the U.S. and Canada, Germany, Italy, and elsewhere, with people none of which belong to the far-right.
For the past 9 years I have been living under round the clock police protection. Wherever I go, plainclothes policemen go with me. I live in a government safe house, bulletproof and safer than the National Bank. I wish I had their money. Earlier my wife and I have even lived in army barracks and prison cells just to be safe from assassins.
Why do I need this protection? I am not a president or king, I am a simple parliamentarian.
I have been marked for death. I was placed under police protection in November 2004 when the Dutch filmmaker Theo van Gogh was slaughtered in broad daylight because he had criticized Islam. A few hours later, the police found a letter written by van Gogh’s assassin threatening to kill me and my colleague Ayaan Hirsi Ali as well. We, too, had been critical of Islam, especially through our work in parliament.
Ayaan has since left for America, but I continue to candidly express my views about Islam in the Dutch Parliament and in the public debate around the world.
But it is not I who am important here. What is at stake is the defense of our freedom.
Only two weeks ago, a good friend of mine, Lars Hedegaard, a journalist from Denmark, survived an assassination attempt. A foreigner tried to shoot him through the head. Why? For the simple reason that Lars is critical of Islam.
Europe has become a dangerous place for those who criticize Islam.
Not only Europe now. Shame on the Australian protesters, most non-Muslims of the far Left, who by their actions have helped prove Wilders right.