Dutch far-right leader Wilders draws protest in Germany
More than 100 people demonstrated outside a Berlin hotel against the presence of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders, who was in the country to give a speech, police said.
Wilders, who is due to stand trial in the Netherlands on Monday for inciting hatred against Muslims, was invited to give a speech at the Hotel Berlin in the German capital by a right-wing German politician.
A spokesman for Berlin's police said more than 100 people attended the protest organised by the Social Democrats and an association opposed to extreme-right politics, which passed off peacefully.
Protestors, outnumbered by around 250 police, brandished photos of the shock-blond Wilders that portrayed him with a moustache similar to that worn by Adolf Hitler.
Wilders was invited to speak by Rene Stadtkewitz, who was expelled from the Germany's ruling Christian Democratic Union and is launching his own right-wing party.
Wilders is set to become a shadow partner of the next Netherlands government.
A coalition deal will see his Party for Freedom (PVV) provide a minority cabinet of the Christian Democrats and liberals the majority they need to pass decisions through parliament.
The Dutch Christian Democrats held a special meeting on Saturday amid grassroots unhappiness over collaboration with Wilders.
The 47-year-old will stand trial in Amsterdam on five charges of giving religious offence to Muslims and inciting hatred and discrimination against Muslims and people of non-western immigrant origin, particularly Moroccans.
The target of death threats, Wilders enjoys 24-hour state-sponsored protection while pursuing his mission to "stop the Islamisation of the Netherlands".
© 2010 AFP