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Nervousness over Quran film by Wilders

29 December 2007 - This month, the Amsterdam police has met with imams and other key figures in the Islamic community to prepare itself for responses to the anti-Islam film right-wing populist Geert Wilders is expected to broadcast on 25 January. The municipality has also updated its scenario for large-scale disturbances, de Volkskrant reports today.

One source would have told de Volkskrant that government officials believe that Wilders’ film may create even more severe disturbances than the Muhammad cartoons published in the Danish Jyllands-Posten in 2005.

Wilders is expected to broadcast his film on public television using the airtime allocated to political parties. The Justice Department is investigating whether it is possible to ban the film being broadcasted.

This week, Islamic organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir distributed pamphlets in Bos en Lommer, the Indische buurt and other neighbourhoods in large cities, calling on Muslims to protest against ‘the slandering of Islam’.

According to secret service AIVD, Hizb ut-Tahrir is a secretive organisation that wants to create an Islamic Caliphate. It would at present refrain from using violence for pragmatic reasons. In the Netherlands, the organisation would have some support among Turks, although the number of followers would be small.

Illustration: Hizb ut-Tahrir demonstration in Copenhagen (photo: EPO / Wikipedia). De Vokskrant (in Dutch), Pamphlet


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