Dutch anti-Islam party to hold sacrilegious cartoon competition


The Freedom Party of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders will hold a competition of cartoons depicting the Holy Prophet of Islam, peace be upon him and his pure progeny, it said on Tuesday.

The party said the plan to hold the competition in the party’s secure offices in Dutch Parliament had been approved by the Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV, Reuters reported.

Cartoons depicting Islam’s sanctities have provoked violent responses in the past. 

In 2015, gunmen killed 12 people at the Paris offices of the French secularist satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which had printed cartoons of the Prophet. In 2005, the publication in a Danish newspaper of a dozen cartoons depicting the Prophet led to violent protests across the Muslim world. 

Wilders’ Freedom Party is the leading opposition party in parliament after coming in second place in elections last March. He has called for the Quran to be banned.


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