The Dutch anti-Islam political leader who was guest of honor at the Prophet Muhammad cartoon show in Garland, Texas, where gunmen opened fire called Thursday for more such exhibitions as a show of defiance.
Geert Wilders of the Dutch PVV Freedom Party said in a telephone interview that he wants to set up a special Prophet Muhammad cartoon show at the Dutch legislature in The Hague and said all parties who back freedom of expression should rally around the idea.
Wilders said that “the most important reaction to the attack on freedom of expression was to make sure that everybody sees this.”
Wilders spoke at the show but departed before the shooting that injured a security guard and left the two attackers dead.
The firebrand politician has often been accused of excessive anti-immigrant and anti-Islam rhetoric; his party, with 12 seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament, is often ostracized by other mainstream groups. Wilders himself has lived under constant police protection for years after receiving death threats.
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