International protests following the launch of MP Geert Wilders’ anti-Koran film last week continued over the weekend, with Jordanian MPs calling for a diplomatic break with the Netherlands.
‘Fifty-three of the 110 deputies signed a petition and presented it to prime minister Nader Dahabi demanding the government expel the Dutch ambassador to Jordan and sever diplomatic ties,’ MP Ali Dalain told the Gulf Daily News.
In Indonesia, a group of some 40 hard-line Muslims gathered outside the Dutch embassy in Jakarta on Monday, calling for the death of Geert Wilders for insulting Islam with his anti-Koran film.
The Islamic Defenders Front is a small group which has held violent protests against western targets in the past, news agency AP reported.
A spokesman told AP he had yet to see the film but that it was ‘a great insult to all Muslims’.
The Indonesian government condemned the film shortly after its release last week. Indonesia, a former Dutch colony, is the most populous Muslim nation.
Iran’s foreign minister on Sunday summoned the Dutch ambassador and a senior diplomat from Slovenia, which currently chairs the European Union, news agency Reuters reported.
However, the Netherlands later said the meeting had been called at its initiative.
And in Pakistan, security around the Dutch consulate and Dutch companies in Karachi has been tightened, news agency ANP said.
Australia has also condemned the film. ‘We believe in the right to freedom of expression but we don’t believe in abusing that right to incite racial hatred,’ foreign minister Stephen Smith is reported as saying.
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