By Steve Dellar  |  08-29-2018   News
Photo credit: PVV Geert wilders

Asian Muslim nations like Pakistan and Indonesia saw widespread marches after Dutch politician Mr. Geert Wilders announced that his party’s parliamentary offices would hold a prophet Muhammad cartoon competition.

The Party for Freedom (PVV), which has previously called for the Quran to be banned, said the contest had been approved by the country’s counter-terrorism agency and falls under the Dutch freedom of speech legislation. The winner of the contest will receive a €5,000 ($5,500) prize.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dutch politician Geert Wilders announced a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in June. Here&#39;s how the Pakistani government is responding <a href="https://t.co/FWLxaFZvZj">pic.twitter.com/FWLxaFZvZj</a></p>&mdash; TRT World (@trtworld) <a href="https://twitter.com/trtworld/status/1034636760091906048?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 29, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The drawings will be judged by American cartoonist Mr. Bosch Fawstin, who himself won a similar competition in Texas three years ago and was targeted by two Muslim gunmen.

Mr. Fawstin acknowledged his participation in the contest, saying: “Muslims can be offended to death. That’s not the problem.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Pakistan condemns anti-Islam cartoon contest planned by far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders <a href="https://t.co/BCX0Ealp00">https://t.co/BCX0Ealp00</a> <a href="https://t.co/b5j3yhb3oZ">pic.twitter.com/b5j3yhb3oZ</a></p>&mdash; Al Jazeera English (@AJEnglish) <a href="https://twitter.com/AJEnglish/status/1034342326448087041?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“Muslims murdering over cartoons is the problem. And that has to be defined by drawing Mohammad.”

In the Islamic religion, images of the Prophet Muhammad are considered blasphemous and any cartoons depicting him have previously provoked violent responses.

Mr. Geert Wilders declared that: “Freedom of speech is threatened, especially for Islam critics.”

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Netherlands police has detained 26-year-old Pakistani man suspected of threatening an attack on Dutch Parliament/ MP Geert Wilders for scheduling anti-Islam cartoon competition. In the Facebook post, suspect tells that he&#39;s travelled from France to Holland to stop the blasphemy. <a href="https://t.co/u8qf5yxHoL">pic.twitter.com/u8qf5yxHoL</a></p>&mdash; Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) <a href="https://twitter.com/nailainayat/status/1034544309796827139?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">August 28, 2018</a></blockquote>

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“We should never accept that. Freedom of speech is our most important freedom.”

Back in 2016, Mr. Wilders, who has previously called for mosques and Islamic schools in The Netherlands to be shut down and for a blanket ban on Muslim immigrants coming over from Africa, asked in a victory speech after local elections to his supporters whether they wanted “fewer or more Moroccans” in their country.

When the crowd shouted back “fewer”, a smiling Mr. Wilders answered: “Then we’ll fix it.”

Source:

https://www.ad.nl/buitenland/boze-pakistanen-massaal-de-straat-op-om-cartoonwedstrijd-geert-wilders~a09331057/

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