Right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders has canceled a planned ‘draw Muhammad’ cartoon contest in the Netherlands after Islamic terrorists threatened to attack the event.
The announcement follows a threat by a Pakistani Muslim who posted a video to Facebook vowing to assassinate Wilders before he was arrested.
“The threats resulting from the cartoon contest are running out of control,” Wilders said in a statement posted to Twitter. “Now other people are in danger because of extremist Muslims who see not only me but the Netherlands as a target.”
“If innocent people are murdered then they and no one else are responsible. To avoid the risk of victims from Islamic violence, I have decided to cancel the cartoon competition,” he added.
Wilders made the decision to cancel the event after an Islamist posted a video to Facebook announcing he was in the Hague and ready to kill the Dutch politician.
“I’m in the Netherlands,” the man says, according to the translation. “I’m about five minutes from Parliament where the exhibition is. Only he [Wilders] is my target. If Allah wills it, I will be successful.”
The man said he was going to murder Wilders because, “they make jokes about our prophet.”
Dutch counterterrorism officials notified Wilders of the plot and that the individual had been arrested.
In addition, a Pakistani cricket player placed a bounty of 20,000 euros on Wilders’ head, labeling him a “blasphemer”. 10,000 people in Pakistan also attended a protest against the cartoon event.
Pakistani cricketer Khalid Latif, who was banned from cricket for 5 years for his role in the spot-fixing during Pakistan Super League 2017, places Rs. 3 million bounty on the head of the blasphemer Dutch MP Geert Wilders pic.twitter.com/p3zpqnxHhs
— SAMRI (@SAMRIReports) August 27, 2018
Islamic terrorists and their sympathizers have targeted high profile individuals for assassination before in the Netherlands as payback for criticizing or making fun of Islam.
In 2004, Theo van Gogh, who worked with Somali-born writer and politician Ayaan Hirsi Ali to produce a film which criticized the treatment of women in Islam, was shot dead by an Islamic terrorist who was offended over the documentary.
The murder prompted Geert Wilders and Ayaan Hirsi Ali to go into hiding for weeks, with Ali eventually leaving permanently for the United States.
In 2002, homosexual Dutch politician Pim Fortuyn, a staunch opponent of mass immigration and the spread of Islam, was killed just days before a national election by a left-wing activist who said he murdered Fortuyn to stop him from exploiting Muslims as “scapegoats”.
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