A short film by a Dutch lawmaker that blames the Koran of inciting violence caused the Muslims anger and protests worldwide. Iran named the film as being “heinous” and demanded the European governments to stop any further showing.
Geert Wilders’ 17-minute movie was posted on Thursday on his Freedom Party’s Web site (www.pvvv.nl) which was deactivated. It currently can be viewed on a file-sharing Web site in Dutch and English. Wilders is a member of the Dutch Parliament and the leader of an anti-Islam political party.
The film’s title is “Fitna,” which is a Koranic term meaning “conflict” and it begins and finishes with a cartoon that represents Prophet Muhammad with a bomb under his turban. It also contains pictures of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, images of the attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001 and footages from the bomb attacks on London and Madrid. The film concludes: ”Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.”
“This heinous measure by a Dutch lawmaker and a British establishment … is indicative of the continuation of the evilness and deep vengeance such Western nationals have against Islam and Muslims,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman declared quoted by Reuters.
Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende of the Netherlands claimed that the film serves no other purpose than to offend Islam. Meanwhile, Livelak.com said in a statement on its website that Wilders could post the film, as the site is a supporter of the free speech.
Dutch televisions refused to air the film but “Fitna” managed to dominate the news. Two years ago, Danish newspapers published cartoons showing Muhammad wearing a bomb-shaped turban, causing demonstrations across the Muslim world.