Thursday, February 12, 2009
Anti-Islamist Politician Geert Wilders Arrives at Heathrow in Defiant Mood, Wilders who is Compared to Hitler was Detained by Two Plain-Clothed Cops.
Geert Wilders detained at Heathrow Airport. The far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders arrived at Heathrow today at 2:20 pm (9:20 am EST) to test the Home Secretary’s ban on him entering the country, he was detained by two cops.
Immigration officials were expected to deny the Dutch MP entry to the country after the Home Office decided that he should not be allowed to attend a screening of his controversial film tonight. (Geert Wilders to stand trial in his home Country of Holland for "hate speech)
Mr Wilders told The Times on the flight that the British Government was “the biggest bunch of cowards in Europe”. ”It is easy to invite people you agree with, it is more difficult to invite people you disagree with," he said.
"I am going to Great Britain because I was invited by another politician (Lord Pearson of Rannoch). I am a democrat, I am serving freedom of speech. They are not only being nasty to me they are being nasty to freedom of speech.
He added: "They (the British government) are more Chamberlain than Churchill." Mr Wilders, 45, an MP in the Netherlands, caught a British Midlands flight from Amsterdam this afternoon brandishing his passport and boarding pass. He said he would have to be physically restrained from entering the country. “I’ll see what happens at the border. Let them put me in handcuffs,” he said.
At 2.20pm (9:20 am EST) Mr Wilders was escorted through UK immigration by two plain-clothed officers and into the offices of the UK border agency. Pim Waldeck, the Dutch ambassador to Britain, was at Heathrow to offer assistance. Among those waiting for Mr Wilders in arrivals was Gerard Batten, UKIP MEP for London. “I thought it would be a nice touch to turn up and welcome him here if he gets through,” he said.
The MP was invited to attend a showing of his 17-minute film Fitna at the House of Lords by the UKIP peer Lord Pearson. The film features verses from the Koran with images of terrorist attacks in New York, London and Madrid and calls on Muslims to remove “hate-preaching” verses from the text. Lord Pearson said that the screening would go ahead with or without Mr Wilders.
UK Independence party peer, Lord Pearson initially said he did not believe there should be any limits to Geert Wilder's freedom of speech but when pressed conceded that there should be "a very few", such as language that incited violence. Pearson said he believed a Hitler-type figure should be allowed to speak in public in Britain. "I would go and laugh at him. You couldn't take him seriously, could you?" he said
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