Geert Wilders, the rightwing Dutch politician accused of Islamophobia, boarded a plane to London today in defiance of a ban on him entering the UK, his party said.
Wilders was due to show his 17-minute film Fitna, which criticises the Qur'an as a "fascist book", at the House of Lords today but on Tuesday he received a letter from the Home Office refusing him entry because his opinions "threaten community security and therefore public security". (Wilders to stand trial in Holland for "hate speech")
The controversial leader of the Freedom party, who is due to arrive at Heathrow airport shortly after 2pm, told the BBC of his plans to travel in contravention of the ban earlier today, saying "Let's see what will happen." (Jordan court wants Geert Wilders arrested, One option would be for Amman Jordan to ask Interpol to issue an international arrest warrant)
GEERT WILDERS added: "I was very surprised and very saddened that the freedom of speech that I believe was a very strong point in UK society is being harassed today."
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. (INTERPOL needs to put a Red Alert on Geert Wilders)
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