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April 15, 2021

Dutch far-right leader Wilders tried on hatred charge

Far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders went on trial in the Netherlands on Monday, charged with inciting discrimination and hatred over a controversial film he made about Islam, CNN said. Wilders’ film “Fitna,” which he released online in March 2008 to international outcry, features disturbing images of terrorist acts superimposed over verses from the Quran in order to paint Islam as a threat to Western society. Comments which Wilders made in a variety of media between 2006 and 2008 also form part of the case against him. They include an October 2006 interview with the Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant in which he said he wanted to stop the “tsunami of Islamization,” and another in September 2007 with Radio Netherlands in which he said the Quran should be banned.

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