Britain denying entry to far-right Dutch MP

11th February 2009, Comments 3 comments

Extremist Dutch parliamentarian Geert Wilders unwelcome in Great Britain.

THE HAGUE—Britain is refusing to let Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders, best known for the anti-Islamist short film "Fitna," step onto its soil, the Dutch foreign ministry said Tuesday.

"We have learned from the British embassy that the British government has decided to refuse entry to Mr Wilders," a ministry spokesman said. "The British government justified its decision for reasons of public order and security."

On his Internet site, the Dutch member of parliament said he had been invited by members of the House of Lords to go to Britain to screen "Fitna" and to join a debate on freedom of speech.

"Great Britain is sacrificing freedom of speech," he said. "You would expect something like this to happen in countries like Saudi Arabia, but not in Great Britain. This cowardly act by the British government is a disgrace."

Wilders is facing legal action in the Netherlands for inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims, with the court of appeal in Amsterdam ordering prosecutors on January 21 to mount a case against him.

Seventeen minutes long, and first released on Wilders's website in March 2008, "Fitna" claims that the Koran has a "fascist" character not unlike Adolf Hitler's "Mein Kampf."

The British government has a policy of not commenting on individual cases, but a spokeswoman for the Home Office in London highlighted new rules announced in October allowing it to exclude people who foster extremism or hate.

"The government opposes extremism in all its forms," she said.

"It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country, and that was the driving force behind tighter rules on exclusions for unacceptable behaviour that the home secretary announced in October last year."

AFP/Expatica

3 Comments To This Article

  • Jeremy Sharpe posted:

    on 11th February 2009, 17:11:56 - Reply

    How humiliating. The UK government allows Islamofascist preachers to stay in the UK, is too scared to stop the fanatics in the Mosques, and now this! Wilders may be extreme, but it is his opponents who are treatening violence, not him! Why does the UK Government arrest them for threatening a breach of the peace, rather than banning an Ally's MP?

    Makes me glad I left the UK, but not looking forward to discussing with some of more more political Dutch friends!
  • Stan Kamps posted:

    on 11th February 2009, 13:39:36 - Reply

    The Muslims already have the UK. This is sad to see, WAKE UP BRITAIN and take your country back!
  • AndreaUKA posted:

    on 11th February 2009, 12:53:44 - Reply

    "Great Britain is sacrificing freedom of speech," he said. "You would expect something like this to happen in countries like Saudi Arabia, but not in Great Britain. This cowardly act by the British government is a disgrace."

    He's right. As a Brit I have to say I never thought I'd see the day when the (thus far) proud British tradition of freedom of speech (WITHOUT incitement to violence) would be so quashed.
    And yet Abu Hamza al-Masri was permitted to rant for years.
    Have they all lost their minds?