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Geert Wilders – martyr for free speech or public safety threat?
Right-wing Dutch MP Geert Wilders, who is being prosecuted at home for anti-Islam remarks, has been barred from entering Britain.
He had been invited to show the House of Lords his film “Fitna,” which argues that the Koran incites violence, but was told his opinions could “threaten community harmony and therefore public safety” and sent back home again when he arrived at Heathrow.
Defending the decision to bar him, Foreign Secretary David Miliband said: ”A hate-filled film designed to stir up religious and racial hatred in this country is contrary to our laws.”
But Wilders called Gordon Brown the biggest coward in Europe and added: ”I think a discussion is always better than barring people or turning people away.”
Do you think he should have been allowed in to show his film?