Dutch MP 's anti-Islam movie Fitna was screened in UK (video)

Posted Feb 11, 2009 by Adriana Stuijt
Both the UK Independent Party which had invited controversial Dutch MP Geert Wilders, and the Dutch politician, defied the UK ban on showing Wilders' movie Fitna. Wilders was kicked out of the UK after he was invited to the House of Lords to show it.
Fitna movie cover.
Fitna movie cover.
Two UK peers and one of the UK's parliamentarians in the European parliament have meanwhile roundly condemned their government's action in banning Dutch MP Geert Wilders from entering the UK amid claimed fears that his presence would 'endanger public security'.
The Dutch version of the movie can still be seen on LiveLeak. However the English language version was removed on February 4 2009 after death-threats were received. see
UK Independent Party peer Lord Pearson of Rannoch - who invited Wilders to screen his movie and to address a press conference afterwards at the House of Lords on Feb 12 -- and Baroness Cox both responded with a joint press statement asking: "Would this have happened if Mr Wilders had said 'Ban the Bible'?" It is not on YouTube. See the movie here:
Lord Pearson had invited Wilders to the UK for a press conference on Thursday 12 February from 6 to 7pm at Nr 1 Abbey Gardens in London - and this meeting will still go ahead, with or without Wilders, he said.
Wilders also confirmed today that he would definitely travel to the UK despite the government decision to bar him access to the country. "Let them take me away in handcuffs,' he said defiantly.
He is backed in this effort to travel to the UK by his government, which has also lodged strong objections against the unprecedented decision to bar access to the UK for a sitting MP from another EU-country which is one of the UK's strongest supporters and trading partners, and has been for several hundred years. see
We want to discuss this issue - UK peer:
The UK Independent Party said in their statement : "Our western society, and indeed the majority of peaceful Muslims, are being intimidated far too much by violent Islamists. On this occasion, the British government is guilty of appeasement. We do not agree with Geert Wilders that the Koran should be banned – even in Holland where Mein Kampf is banned. We don't want it banned but discussed – particularly by the majority Muslim community; and specifically as to whether it may promote or justify – or has promoted or justified – violence. We are therefore promoting freedom of speech.
"Geert Wilder's Fitna film (available on the web) is not a threat to anyone. It merely suggests how the Koran has been used by militant Islamists to promote and justify their violence. They react in fury and menace to our intention to show the film and have boasted that their threats of aggressive demonstrations prevented its previous showing in the Mother of Parliaments. see previous story:
The islamic threats of intimidation prove Wilders' point:
"This was not the case – the event was postponed to clarify issues of freedom of speech. The threat of intimidation in fact increases the justification for the film to be shown and discussed in Parliament and by the British and international press.
"Indeed, any alleged threats associated with Lord Ahmed of attempts to prevent the showing of the film would themselves be a confirmation of the film's message and the need for it to be shown.
UK gives in to militant Islam:
"The subsequent action by the Home Office to try to deter Mr Wilders from coming to the UK has, we believe, been rightly condemned by the Dutch Foreign Minister, and is a further example of the appeasement policies of the British government in giving in to the threats of militant Islam.
"We intend to show and discuss the film with members of the British Parliament and the press as previously indicated, with or without Mr Wilders, " their statement concluded.
The press conference remains booked for Thursday 12 February (6.00-7.00 pm) at No. 1 Abbey Gardens, the UK Independent Party statement noted. see
The UK government's letter barring Wilders from the UK can be seen and printed out here:
UK's European parliamentarian can't believe Wilders was banned
"Can this really be true?" the British Conservative Party member of the European Parliament Daniel Hannan asks in an entry on his blog today. He was astonished by the fact that the British government has chosen to ban the leader of a legitimate political party from entering the United Kingdom, he wrote.
"Can this really be true? An elected representative, the leader of a legitimate political party, banned from entering the United Kingdom? On what possible grounds? ...'Whether our government is actuated by cowardice or authoritarianism, it's equally ugly. We are a meaner country than we were this morning."