Dutch PM distances Netherlands government from Muhammad cartoon contest
The Dutch prime minister on Friday distanced his government from a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest being organized later this year by lawmaker and free speech activist Geert Wilders.
Wilders “is not a member of the government. The competition is not a government initiative,” Prime Minister Mark Rutte said at his weekly press conference.
Rutte’s comments came after angry reactions in Pakistan to the proposed contest, which Wilders plans to hold in November in his right-wing Party for Freedom’s heavily guarded offices at the Dutch parliament.
Pakistan summoned a Dutch representative to protest about the Mohammed cartoon contest.
‘A strong protest was lodged on the announcement by the leader of the Dutch Freedom Party and parliamentarian, Geert Wilders, to hold a competition of blasphemous caricatures,’ Pakistan’s Tribune newspaper quoted the foreign affairs ministry as saying. ‘Deep concern was conveyed at this deliberate and malicious attempt to defame Islam.’
On 7 January 2015, two Muslim terrorists armed with rifles and other weapons, stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris, murdered 12 and injured 11 others. The terrorists claimed the terror attack was in revenge for the magazine publishing cartoons depicting the pedophile prophet Mohammed.
Charlie Hebdo’s staff has been working under police protection since January of 2015.
In May 2015, two Muslim terrorists from Arizona attacked officers with gunfire at the entrance to an exhibit featuring cartoon images of Muhammad at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas. Both were shot and eliminated by an off-duty police officer working as a security guard.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the terror attack.