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Britain wrong to ban Wilders, says court

Tuesday 13 October 2009

Anti-Islam MP Geert Wilders should not have been refused entry to Britain to attend a screening of his film Fitna earlier this year, a British immigration tribunal ruled on Tuesday.

Wilders had been invited to the House of Lords, the upper house of the British parliament, for the screening in February, but was told he would be refused entry on public order grounds.

Wilders went ahead with the trip and was turned back by immigration officials at Heathrow airport.
'This is a very black day. They are bowing down to Islam by refusing entry to critics,' Wilders said at the time.

The 15 minute film Fitna is a compilation of tv footage which equates Islam with terrorism. The London screening was only attended by a handful of people.


'We are disappointed by the court's decision. The government opposes extremism in all its forms,' a British home office spokesman told the BBC on Tuesday.

'The decision to refuse Wilders admission was taken on the basis that his presence could have inflamed tensions between our communities and have led to inter-faith violence. We still maintain this view.'

Wilders described the ruling as 'fantastic'. 'This is a victory for freedom of expression,' he told the Telegraaf.

Foreign affairs minister Maxime Verhagen said he was pleased with the verdict and that he hoped Britain would now admit Wilders.


The Dutch government had protested about the ban, saying Wilders was not a threat to public order.

Wilders still faces prosecution in the Netherlands for discrimination and inciting hatred. That trial is due to begin in January.

Wilders' political party, the PVV, is currently one of the biggest in the country in the latest opinion polls with some 28 of the 150 seats in parliament.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

He is our Churchill in the fight against criminals and a society that is going down the drains as a whole. One of the big issues is of course the streetriots, rapings, homobeatings and so on of a lot of the muslims (in nteh name of Allah)in our small overpopulated country. Another thing is that he is the only politician in favor of a real animalpolice and not to forget the only politician who wants to help us save our pensions. Don'f forget overall we have a totally corrupt political systeem (as you as it seems) and he is one of the few that wants to open it up and make our country a safe, social, tolerant and honest country like it was in my youth. The opposite of now. It you join his enemys you would do the same as Chamberlain and we all know what his denying actions has brougt over us all.

By Jaap Veneman | 13 October 2009 2:37 PM

Everyone has the right to express how they feel, including mr.wilder,england is so busy worrying about its image it doesnt see the big picture.
They have now made it big news rather than have let him into england and noone would really have been the wiser!, I dont always agree with him, but I do like the fact that it makes you think!

By jenny | 13 October 2009 4:31 PM

on one hand yes we should respect freedom of speech, but ill tell you one thing we dont want his racist swine in our country, we have enough scumbags of our own, like the BNP for example

By adhd | 13 October 2009 4:39 PM

Fitna is a pack of lies from start to finish, Muslims were not behind September Eleventh. Intelligent people can see the WTC was blown to kingdom come by the Americans.

By tom | 13 October 2009 6:06 PM

Poor Tom - where were you on September 11th? Did you not see the camera footage of the terrorists at the various US airports prior to take off. They were definitely Muslims. They were heard to say on the cockpit recordings ...just before crashing the planes "ALLAH AKBAR" or Praise be to Allah. What does it take to convince people like you? I suppose you also believe the Holocaust never happened as well.

By Sue | 13 October 2009 8:57 PM

I have the impression that dutch people are a easy target so everybody knows the time of Balkenende comes to an end. Perfect! There is the man G. Wilders I would never ever believe what he promise or says.
He is this kind a guy who is looking for power not to be a leader and this type a politicians are bad for countries.
Perhaps that is his trick to get the vote from people like you " the good old dutch times" will not come back face it .
The only thing Mr Wilder can do is get Holland out of the EU and perhaps you get your good old times Holland back !
Good luck to your country and economie.

By Minnie | 13 October 2009 9:27 PM

The only thing that this item says is that the laws were not in a position to block his entry - thus they need to change the law.

Wilders is not our Churchill, he is in fact a would-be dictator and unlike Churchill, does not understand politics the concept of serving the people or political platforms. He joined the anti-increase of the pension age only because it will get him some more votes. He in fact has no agenda other than anything to stop Muslims and Islam immigration and making noises. His party is a dictatorship, members have no say on leadership, and such a person running the country would be a simple disaster that will not occur.

Lets all simply hope that the court case starting next january will find him guilty and he will be out of politics for good.

By Solkhar | 13 October 2009 9:39 PM

All Dutch people had better start listening to Geert Wilders. He is a brave politician who is not afraid to speak the truth about Holland's misguided immigration 'policy', which allows tens of thousands of foreigners to settle in the country...against the wishes of the vast majority of Dutch people.Carry on, Geert, and let nobody silence you!

By richard | 13 October 2009 11:08 PM

I am very glad that common sense has overtaken political correctness. It was an international embarrassment when Mr. Wilders was banned from our country and I was furious. I donated to his campaign fund, signed petitions here and e-mailed him to express my support. I am glad there are still some sensible judges left in our country who uphold freedom of speech. We can now welcome Mr. Wilders to our country and hopefully apologise to him for the disgraceful way he was treated before. Apologies, Mr. Wilders, and a belated welcome. Please come as soon as you can and educate our stupid politicians on what freedom of speech means.
I know some people don't like his views - so what? You surpress him from saying them and so they disappear? Nobody should have to feel afraid of expressing what they feel. People should debate Mr. Wilders and if they feel his arguments are wrong, so why and so publically refute them - but he has a right to be heard and to be treated with respect. I was never more ashamed of my country when the foolish Jacqui Smith, our (thankfully) former Home Secretary who is gladly now relieved of her post and back to being the obscure, irrelevant politician she always should have remained, banned a fellow elected politican from a respected ally and partner nation. Sorry, Mr. Wilders. Sorry, Netherlands. This is now corrected.

By angrypuss | 14 October 2009 2:11 AM

I'm pleased that the incompetent, failing government of my country has been shown to be wrong in this case. I do not like Wilder's views but I was very angry when he was banned from the UK. Firstly, his presence would only have caused very little, if any, of the problems that the government used as reasons to ban him. Secondly, by banning him they have him a large amount of great publicity and helped to raise his profile and popularity. Overall, he's an elected politician of a democratic European country and should be treated equally with any other.

I predict his next visit will attract a lot of attention and more publicity for him than he would ever have got if the ridiculous British government had just let him visit quietly in the first place

By Mark | 14 October 2009 6:24 AM

Nobody cares if a racist Muslim is banned from the UK but everyone cares if a racist Christian is banned?

By Darren | 14 October 2009 7:36 AM

For someone to cite hatred and disrespect and yet being held as "hero" in this country, this shows how misguided and lost the sheep are!

Has Geert and not forgetting that Verdonk, ever come up with good plans to "work together"? To promote harmony in this country? NO.
What would that lead to? more hatred, distrust, killings and divisions.
Is that good for Holland?
Think Holland.
G. is like a wolf in sheep's skin.

By Sam | 14 October 2009 7:38 AM

I just wish everyone who has posted a comment here would write English correctly :)

By Howard | 14 October 2009 8:04 AM

As long as you want to be a state of European Union doesn't matter if you want foreigners in your country or not. Anybody from a European Union country can move in Netherlands the same way for dutch people they can go live to Spain or other country. Now I don't understand why this Wilder was interested in the cost of the immigration of people from east European countries like Poland, Romania, Hungary etc.It sounds like racism and I think is the same cost even if it is a west European or a east European. More than that we are paying taxes. And by the way as an example: did you know that the thinnest TV (8.8 mm) was designed and engineers by an immigrant here in Netherlands? And there are a lot of examples. You should worry more about the legalized drugs, prostitution, gas price and stupid taxes that you have in your country and not about the immigrants. But it is a racist country why shouldn't have the leader they deserve? Oh and by the way Mr. Wilder is supporting the actual pension age just to win a few more people to vote him. It is obvious. British people took a very good decision when they didn't give him access to enter UK. Why should do it? To have more racist speeches? Now he felt on his own skin how it is to be a racist. Yes you can say whatever you want but not when you are a politician of one country. And finally I hope Netherlands will be excluded from EU if this guy or his political party will ever be in charge to lead this country. And in this situation you can do whatever you want in this country.

By oliver | 14 October 2009 8:12 AM

Which makes me think, the British government must know this too, I mean, that Wilder's entry won't make much of a difference to the country. What would their motive be to blow up this case?

By Hans | 14 October 2009 8:22 AM

Another GREAT prospect....being excluded from the EU when Mr. Wilders is elected PM.
YES PLEASE…….who cares about immigration, being thrown out of the EU sounds wonderful…..now he has my vote as well.

By Kees | 14 October 2009 10:14 PM

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