The controversial anti-Koran short film by anti-immigration Dutch MP Geert Wilders was finally released on the internet on Thursday evening.
The film Fitna can be seen via a link from Wilders PVV party to the video-share website Liveleak.com. According to the NRC the English version of the film was viewed by 200,000 visitors within an hour.
The first 10 minutes of the 17-minute film consist of a compilation of video fragments showing the victims of terrorist attacks in New York, Madrid and London. This is interspersed with translations of verses from the Koran and recordings of Islamic leaders calling for violence against non-believers.
In the last five minutes, Wilders focuses on Islam in the Netherlands. There are images of blocks of flats dotted with satellite dishes, policemen removing their shoes before entering a mosque, recordings of preaching and a selection of newspaper headlines.
Then comes Wilders’ vision of ‘the future of the Netherlands’ featuring archive footage of (gay) men being hanged, robed women and a dismembered woman’s body.
The film ends with the sound of a ripping page referring to Wilders’ earlier call on Muslims to tear out pages from the Koran. But immediately after the sound, a text appears explaining that what you can hear is a page being ripped out of a telephone book.
In an initial reaction Wilders says he is ‘extremely happy’ that the video has been launched, reports the NRC. ‘I want to show that Islam is a test for us. If we want to maintain our freedom, we need to have less Islam in the Netherlands’, he is quoted by the paper as saying. He also claims he has made a ‘clear distinction between ideology, Islam and Muslims. ‘I have nothing against Muslims’, he said.
ANP news service reports Wilders as saying that he can imagine that Muslims will not be happy with the film but that he has ‘stayed true to the facts’. The PVV leader added that he hopes Fitna will not lead to rioting saying this is not the film’s intention. Wilders says the aim is to show people the dangers of the Koran and Islam, says ANP.
For a selection of websites carrying Fitna, click here