Dutch mosques cancel debate with Wilders
The MP's refusal to agree to conditions has led the Moroccan mosques to believe a balanced debate is not possible.24 April 2008
A group of Moroccan mosques in and around the Dutch town of Gouda has cancelled a debate with right-wing MP Geert Wilders in Waddinxveen as the MP has refused to agree to a number of conditions.
A spokesperson for the coalition of mosques said the Freedom Party leader refused to agree to the principle of equal time for each speaker or an impartial moderator. The coalition of mosques says they do not believe it is possible to hold a balanced debate as Wilders has refused to agree to the conditions.
The debate in Waddinxveen, scheduled for 16 May, would have been the first time that the far-right MP discussed his film Fitna, Islam and the integration problem with people directly concerned with the issues raised by Wilders since the release of his film.
[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]