Yesterday British authorities caved into jihadist intimidation and barred Dutch politician Geert Wilders, maker of the film Fitna, from entering the country. But Wilders is going to challenge the ban and attempt to travel to Britain anyway.
Free Speech Death Watch Update: Jihad Watch reader Sagunto kindly sends in this translation of a story from this morning’s Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, “Wilders reist naar Groot-BrittanniÃ«.”
Wilders to travel to Great Britain
The Hague – PVV leader Geert Wilders has conclusively decided to travel to Great Britain this Thursday. This was made public by the member of Parliament this Wednesday, one day after the British government had denied him access to the country.
Last Tuesday, Wilders hadn’t been entirely sure whether he should confront the British authorities. But by now, he is quite determined simply to take the plane to Great Britain. “We’ll see whether they put the handcuffs on me,” he already said Tuesday.
Wilders was originally invited by a member of the British House of Lords to screen ‘Fitna’. According to the British government, Wilders would, however, pose a threat to public security because of his ideas about Islam and Muslims, and therefore he’s not welcome. “Great Britain is sacrificing the freedom of speech,” Wilders says.
Sagunto adds: “I’ve included the picture that goes with the original article. I think it’s a nice one, especially for the fact that the painting in the background refers to Theo van Gogh. (Theo always handed over a cactus to the guest he interviewed in one of his famous programmes, called A pleasant conversation, i.e. Een prettig gesprek).”