Dutch politician and founder of The Party for Freedom (PVV) Geert Wilders announces to hold a Prophet Muhammad (SAWW) cartoon competition. Counter-terrorism agency gives a go-ahead for the competition.
Pioneer of the far-right party who previously asked for a ban on Quran says that the competition has been approved by the country’s counter-terrorism agency. Drawings will be judged by American cartoonist Bosch Fawstin, who won a competition of similar nature three years ago in Texas and was later attacked by Muslim gunmen.
After the news of the competition went viral, it provoked violent responses and various protests across the globe. However, Geert sees these protests as a threat to their freedom of expression.
“Freedom of speech is threatened, especially for Islam critics. We should never accept that. Freedom of speech is our most important freedom.” – Wilders said.
He claims that Islam is more of a ‘totalitarian’ political ideology rather than religion. He previously also advocated the ban on mosques. The party also campaigned to shut down all Islamic schools and blanket ban on Muslim immigrants.
This is not the only case on Wilder’s name for inciting hate and discrimination. In 2016, he was convicted for asking his supporters if he wants ‘fewer or more Moroccans in the country. When the supporters shouted back ‘fewer’ – he smiled and said ‘we will fix it’.
PVV is the leading opposition party in the Netherlands, which emerged as a strong reactionary wing after coming in power in elections last March.
The party is offering a €5,000 (£4,400) prize for the winner of the competition. Fawtsin, the judge of the competition whose book of cartoons of Holy Prophet (SAWW) is about to get launched as well says that the left wing liberal politicians are asking them to withdraw the idea since it will hurt Muslim sentiments. But Muslims getting offended over it is not the problem but Muslims ‘murdering over cartoons’ is the problem.
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