…and other updates on the Geert Wilders case.
The Home Office wallahs must be doing something right, because Lord Ahmed agrees with them. If Lord Ahmed is on their side, who could be against them?
Below are some more translations by VH from the Dutch media, beginning with an article from De Telegraaf:
Lord Ahmed supports the UK Government
The British member of the House of Lords Lord Ahmed supports his government in the decision to deny Geert Wilders access to the country. Lord Ahmed had earlier publicly protested against the screening of the film Fitna in the House of Lords.
“Geert Wilders is charged in his own country with inciting hatred. Therefore it is the right decision from our government to refuse him access to the country, because he would do the same here. And we do not want that to happen” the Muslim Lord Ahmed said Tuesday in a response over the telephone.
Ahmed said that he received “hundreds of threats and abusive e-mails and phone calls” since he has spoken against the screening of the film in the United Kingdom. “I was against the film because that would incite hatred against Muslims in the United Kingdom,” according to Ahmed, who consulted the police about the threats.
Ahmed also complains about the fact that “completely false allegations” have been made against him. The peer is alleged to have said that he could gather ten thousand Muslims to demonstrate in front of the House of Lords against the film Fitna. Ahmed denies this, and says he will sue the magazine The Spectator, which published this assertion.
The British ban all “extremists”
LONDON — “The British government forbids all forms of extremism. The government prevents anyone who spreads extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities disseminate, to access to our country.”
So said a spokesman for the British Home Office, which decides on visa applications and immigration, on the decision to refuse Wilders to enter the United Kingdom.
According to the spokesman, fighting extremism was also the driving motivation for tighter access rules due to unacceptable behavior, which the Home Secretary announced last October.
And from the PVV website:
“Great Britain is sacrificing freedom of speech”
Geert Wilders has been denied access to Great Britain. The PVV leader had been invited by a member of the House of Lords to show the film Fitna in Parliament this Thursday, but today the British Embassy in the Netherlands received a letter in which denies Wilders access to the United Kingdom.
“Great Britain is sacrificing freedom of speech,” said Wilders. “Something you would expect in Saudi Arabia, but not in Great Britain. I find this abject disposition of the British government very severe. I was simply invited by a British MP.”
Fitna has been shown in a number of countries so far, including Israel. Next week it will be shown in the Italian parliament and in a few weeks the United States is on the program.
Wilders does not know whether he will put up with this state of affairs.
“I’m considering just putting it to the test and taking the airplane. Then I will see what happens. But I cannot commit myself to that yet, because I still have to find out what the procedures are.”