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With just one day left of the Muslim holiday Ramadan, Dutch politician Geert Wilders announced he is holding a contest to draw cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad in free speech demonstration.
The Netherlands’ counter-terrorism Agency NCTV approved the contest and Wilders made the announcement of the contest in a tweet on Tuesday to his nearly 1 million followers.
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“Dutch Counter-terrorism Agency NCTV gives green light to Muhammad cartoon contest in secured PVV quarters of Dutch Parliament later this year. So that’s what we’re going to do and organize!” Wilders wrote.
He added that cartoonist and ex-Muslim Bosch Fawstin will be a part of the competition, though Wilders didn’t specify his role, and “Freedom of speech is most important of all!!”
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Wilders said in Wednesday tweet that he will announce the date soon, writing, “Muhammad Goes to Parliament. For the first time ever, a Muhammad cartoon contest will be organized in a parliament building. I will announce the date soon. You can already send your cartoon to: firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Ramadan ends on Thursday evening of June 14. Drawing the Muhammad is strictly forbidden for Muslims and they consider it blasphemy. But free speech is considered a pillar of Western society.
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Wilders has a history of supporting freedom of speech, demonstrating that he will not be intimidated by radical Muslims who have a history of violent protests resulting in hundreds of deaths when magazines and newspapers have published images of Muhammad before.
In a deadly terrorist attack in 2015, a group of Muslim extremists attacked the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo’s offices and killed 12 people and injured another 11 for publishing cartoon images of a weeping...
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