Dutch MP Does Not Get a Warm Welcome
Angry protesters were waiting when a far right wing Dutch MP arrived into the country this week. As Geert Wilders arrived as expected at the Houses of Parliament in the City of Westminster, a group of about 40 Muslim protesters were gathered with tensions high.
The protesters were waving banners brandishing statements such as “Geert Wilders deserves Islamic punishment”; the mob had to be held back by police for the MP’s protection. They decided to move Mr Wilders’ press conference to the building opposite the Houses of Parliament, inside Abbey Gardens.
Abu Muaz, who spoke from the group ‘Islam For UK’, said that he would’ve been arrested under the Terrorism act if he had come out with some of the opinions that the MP had voiced. He said that “because there is a war on Muslims he gets an easy ride.”
Mr Wilder describes his visit as a victory. He addressed journalists and press alongside Lord Pearson, his UK Independence Party peer. When he was asked to explain his controversial views about the Islam culture that provoke and anger so many, he replied: “I have a problem with the Islamic ideology, the Islamic culture, because I feel that the more Islam that we get in our societies the less freedom that we get.”
Mr Wilder had previously been denied entry into the UK by our government amidst fears that his opinions may spark or insight religious violence and hatred. However, the MP appealed against this decision and managed to have it successfully overturned. The Asylum and Immigration Tribunal held on Tuesday rejected these fears and therefore allowed Mr Wilder to come into the UK.
Geert Wilders is the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party and was invited to the UK by Lord Pearson of UKIP. Lord Pearson has also spoken out about the event, calling his arrival a “celebration of victory”. He praises the fact that freedom of speech has conquered over those who would have tried to prevent it, including “the Islamists, the violent Jihadists who are on the march across the world and in the UK.”
Mr Wilders has denied any responsibility for the publicity surrounding his arrival, and has blamed it on the UK government. Although our Putney escorts agree with freedom of speech, they have voiced their concerns over the recent generalisations made towards particular religions such as Islam.