Dutch Muslims offer to air anti-Quran film

Amsterdam – The Dutch Muslim Broadcasting organisation has offered Dutch populist MP Geert Wilders to air his planned anti-Qur’an film.

Mr Wilders has rejected the proposal. The network first wants to ascertain that Fitna does not violate any constitutional rights. The far-right politician says the demand is unacceptable.

The website where Mr Wilders intends to show the film has been shut by the provider after receiving complaints. The site went online in early March.

The US hosting service is investigating whether the site’s content breaches company policies on hate speech. Mr Wilders says he intends to release the 15-minute film before the end of this month. Fitna is an Arabic word for strife or discord.

On Saturday, around 1300 people gathered in the centre of Amsterdam to protest against Mr Wilders’ film and racism and discrimination in general. Mr Wilders has described Islam as “the enemy of freedom.”

The turnout fell far short of the 5000 people expected by the organisers. The far-right politician called the protest a hate demonstration and said he was pleased by the poor turnout.


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