Saturday, June 20

Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is to broadcast cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on television

Publicity-seeking Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders is to broadcast cartoons of the prophet Muhammad on television during time reserved for political parties, his party says.
The cartoons will be shown on Dutch public television on Saturday, Mr Wilders' Freedom Party (PVV) said on Friday, adding that they would be repeated on June 24 and July 3.
Mr Wilders said he was making the broadcasts to defend freedom of speech after two militants were shot dead while attacking a Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas last month.
Many Muslims find drawings of the prophet to be disrespectful or outright blasphemous and Dutch authorities have said such a move could see Mr Wilders' right to airtime suspended for up to four years.
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Dutch embassies have reportedly been warned about what measures to take if the cartoons are broadcast, as they could spark violent protests.
Mr Wilders' announcement this month that he wanted to show the cartoons on television prompted the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands to release its own cartoon mocking Mr Wilders as a spoilt child with a big mouth.
The cartoon shows Mr Wilders shouting "fewer, fewer" in reference to his announcement last year that he would reduce the number of Moroccans in the Netherlands.
Behind the politician is the bomb that he wants to explode in Dutch society, while underneath the bomb and the hysterical Mr Wilders are normal citizens, including Muslims, getting on with their lives and ignoring the bouffant-hairdoed populist.
"We're building the Netherlands further," the cartoon says.

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