Wilders to air more Prophet Muhammad cartoons in July

Anti-Islam Dutch politician Geert Wilders plans on airing other parodic cartoons on Prophet Muhammad on July 3

Photo by: AP
Photo by: AP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Geert Wilders, politician and mastermind of the Dutch cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, has expressed his intention on Monday to air more cartoons of the same sort on national television.

He said he is planning to air the cartoons on July 3 which he claims is his expression of freedom of speech.

Wilders has recently aired a short three-minute animated movie on Dutch television, depicting the Prophet Muhammad on June 24.

"I do it because we have to show that we stand for freedom of speech and that we will never surrender to violence," he said earlier.

Both of the broadcasts coincide with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

The June broadcasts consisted of cartoons which were displayed at the “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Cartoon Contest” in Texas, earlier in May. The competition was disrupted with the armed attack by two gunmen who were later shot dead. Wilders was present at the exhibition as a key speaker, but was not injured.

The far-right Dutch politician, who is known for his anti-Muslim views, had uploaded a video to YouTube showing similar drawings of the Prophet, which is considered offensive to the world’s almost 1.6 billion Muslims.

Wilders, who is not merely anti-Muslim, but also anti-Moroccan, is due to stand trial for alleged discrimination after making statements in which he denigrates Moroccans in Holland during his election campaign. Wilders, however, denied his intention to provoke.

Footage was released in 2014, in which he asserts that he will pursue the “reduction of Moroccans” in the Netherlands.

Aissa Zanzen, spokesman of the Council of Moroccan Mosques in the Netherlands, says "Wilders is out to provoke Muslims and he has done everything he can to do that."

Wilders, founder and leader of the Party of Freedom, established in 2006, is notorious for his extreme contempt of Islam and Muslims. He has stated however, that he does not “hate Muslims” but “hates Islam.”

The Dutch Foreign Ministry, however, has expressed that Wilders' actions do not represent the Netherland’s official position.

TRTWorld and agencies