Hopefully this is the first step in stopping the islamification of Europe and the UK.
Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders accused Islam of being 'incompatible' with democracy today after arriving in London to show his anti-Islamic film Fitna at the House of Lords.
The 46-year-old Freedom Party leader's visit to Britain came after his
far-right party scored major gains in Dutch elections. He is now on
course to win the most Parliamentary seats in the country's June 9
If so, it would be impossible for the current coalition government to rule without forging a strong coalition with him.
He could even land the title of prime minister, after a new poll showed that he was fifth on the list of Dutch voters' preferred
Spotlight: Mr Wilders speaks during a press conference in London today
He said: 'Islamism and democracy are incompatible.
'The more Islamism we have, the more freedom we will lose and this is something worth fighting for'.
Mr Wilders called for an end to immigration to Europe from Islamic
countries but said Muslims who agreed to obey the law of the land would
be welcome to stay.
He said: 'To Muslims who do stay, I would say "Follow our laws and you are welcome to stay".'
He also said that, if elected Dutch Prime Minister, he would seek to
introduce a 'first amendment' guaranteeing freedom of speech.
He said: 'The right of freedom of speech is especially to listen to someone who is saying something you don't want to hear.'
Wilders protest: Dozens of anti-fascist demonstrators march past the Houses of Parliament today
An anti-fascist protester is pushed back by police today in central London
Mr Wilders said the film and subsequent discussion was attended by around 60 people.
Police arrested several protesters from a group who gathered in Millbank to demonstrate against the visit.
Demonstrators chanted 'Shame on you' as officers led several members of the crowd into vans.
Yasmin Rassool, from Unite Against Fascism, said she was at the rally to
protest against the visit of Mr Wilders and the planned EDL march in
English Defence League members (above and below) were also out in force today to stage a demonstration in support of Wilders
She said: 'I think the EDL are a racist, homophobic, Nazi party and they shouldn't be allowed to march in our streets.'
The EDL marchers were penned in by Old Palace Yard, directly opposite Parliament.
Protesters, some of them hiding their faces with scarves, chanted: 'No surrender to the Taliban' and 'Are you watching, Gordon Brown?'.
A Home Office spokesman said: "The Government regrets the decision by Baroness
Cox and Lord Pearson to invite Geert Wilders to the House of Lords for
a private showing of his film Fitna. However, we currently have no
reason to deny Mr Wilders admission to the UK.
In Britain: Dutch MP Geert Wilders arriving at Heathrow this morning
'The Government continues to oppose extremism in all its forms and retains
the right to refuse foreign nationals, including European Union
citizens, access to the UK if we believe they represent a threat to
security or our society.
'The behaviour of foreign nationals while in the UK will be taken into consideration when considering granting access to the country in the future.'
The visit comes five months after Mr Wilders had to abandon a planned appearance in
front of Parliament when the conference was crashed by a group of
Mr Wilders also made headlines in February last year when the Home Office banned him from entering the country on public safety grounds.
Mr Wilders, 46, ignored the ban, flying into Heathrow only to have authorities send him back almost immediately.
Mr Wilders overturned the ban in court and flew back to London in October, when he was greeted by Muslim protesters shouting 'Allah Akhbar'.
UK Independence Party leader Lord Pearson, who has invited Mr Wilders to
screen his movie, said he was putting on the event to help the
controversial Dutchman ‘exercise his freedom of speech in the Mother of
The peer has condemned radical Islam as a ‘world domination movement’ and described Mr Wilders as a ‘friend’.
He has also denied accusations that his own party was ‘far-right’ or
‘radical’, after it called for face coverings - such as the veil worn
by some Muslim women - to be banned.
‘Is it radical to wish to protect British society and our Judeo-Christian culture from the growing influence of radical Islam?’ he asked last month.
Sucess: Mr Wilders cast his vote in The Hague yesterday where his Freedom Party came second in a local poll. He is on course to win the national election
He added that media interest in Mr Wilders' appearance was intense.
Back in the Netherlands, he faces prosecution for allegedly inciting racial
hatred with remarks that include describing the Koran as a fascist book
and demanding that it be banned.
Mr Wilders, who compares Islam to fascism and the Koran to Adolf Hitler's book 'Mein Kampf', has been
under 24-hour protection for the past five years after receiving death
threats over his views.
The Freedom Party (PVV), which chiefly campaigns against Muslim immigration, has dented the image of the Netherlands, which was once considered a bastion of tolerance.
Yesterday, in the first test of public opinion since the collapse of Dutch prime
minister Jan Peter Balkenende's coalition government last month, it led
in the city of Almere and was second in The Hague.
The results came on top of an opinion poll showing that the PVV would win the most seats - 27 in the 150-member Dutch parliament - in the general election.
That would make it tough for Mr Balkenende's Christian Democrats, projected
to win one seat less, to forge a strong coalition without Mr Wilders.
Protests: Islamists gather outside Parliament in October during Mr Wilder's visit
Months of talks between parties, and the resulting policy vacuum, could threaten a fragile economic recovery and cast doubt on the scope of planned budget cuts.
The popularity of Wilders in Holland comes as the nation’s 16million people turn increasingly inward as the economy struggles and social tensions rise.
There are nearly 1million Muslims in the Netherlands.
'Today Almere and The Hague, tomorrow the whole of the Netherlands. This is
our springboard for success in parliamentary elections,' Mr Wilders
said as the returns came in.
'We're going to take the Netherlands back from the leftist elite that coddles criminals and supports Islamisation,' he said.
And, explaining his controversial views last October, Mr Wilders said: ‘I
have a problem with the Islamic ideology, the Islamic culture, because
I feel that the more Islam that we get in our societies, the less
freedom that we get.’