Source: Khaleej Times
Wire Service: AFP
The Dutch government on Wednesday expressed concern at plans by far right lawmaker Geert Wilders to make an anti-Islam film.
Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen met with the head of the far right Freedom Party to highlight the risks of such a film, the minister’s spokesman said.
‘After Wilders announced he was making an anti-Islam film minister Verhagen met with him to point out the risks in making such a movie for himself and his entourage and for the Netherlands and the Dutch interests abroad,’ Verhagen’s spokesman Bart Rijs told AFP.
Wilders, whose party holds nine of the 150 seats in parliament, told Dutch media he is making a film that will show the Koran as a ‘fascist book’.
In August, Wilders described the Islamic holy book as a ‘fascist’ text which exhorts followers to kill and rape, in an open letter to Dutch newspapers.
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 and filmmaker Theo van Gogh by a radical Muslim. He has received a number of death threats.
Previously he has called for a ban on the Koran and an end to immigration by Muslims.