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By Laura Trowbridge     Jul 16, 2010 in Politics
Controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders is planning an international "freedom alliance" against Muslims, which will include the United States, Canada, France, Germany and Britain.
Mr Wilders plans to launch the international movement later this year in aims to stop the immigration of Muslim people to the Western world.
According to Sky News, Mr Wilders told the Dutch parliament: "The message: 'Stop Islam, defend freedom', is a message that's not only important for the Netherlands but for the whole free Western world."
Wilders said the five Western nations are "ripe" for his message now since they have a large number of Muslim immigrants and "face a threat from Islamic terrorists."
Wilders spoke in London last year, saying: "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.
"I believe we should stop mass immigration from Islamic countries, not because the people are bad, but because they bring a culture that really is against everything in our own values."
Mr Wilders' Freedom Party has become very popular in the Netherlands. He made big gains in June's general election and increased his share of the vote and number of MPs.
He has become a target for Islamic fundamentalists after making a film called Fitna, which compared Islam to Nazism and the Koran to Hitler's Mein Kampf. Because of so many death threats, he is under permanent police protection.
Wilders' politics have gotten him in some other deep water. He will stand trial later this year in Dutch courts on race-hate charges.
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