Dutch ultra-right-wing Geert Wilders has threatened to relaunch the Muhammad cartoons contest he already tried to organize in June 2018 and then canceled after receiving death threats, and shortly thereafter he has canceled the initiative again.
The leader of the xenophobic Freedom Party (PVV) invited his followers on his social network on Saturday night to send satirical drawings of the prophet with the intention of organizing the contest in the premises of the Netherlands Parliament, in The Hague .
The Dutch politician, known for his militant anti-legislation, spread another message on Sunday that he congratulated himself on the success of his call to defend freedom of expression, said he had exposed “cowardice” and ended the call.
“Mission accomplished. End of the contest,” Wilders wrote next to a drawing of a man with a beard and the label “Muhammad.”
In June 2018, the ultra-Dutchman had already announced that he would organize a Muhammad cartoon contest that fall along with the famous American cartoonist Bosh Fawstin, which is defined as a “recovered Muslim.”
Weeks later, and despite having received the corresponding authorization, Wilders, 56, canceled the initiative in the face of threats received because “people’s safety is ahead of anything else.”
Two days before canceling him, a 26-year-old Pakistani was arrested at the Hague Central Train Station after posting a video on the social network Facebook in which he said he wanted to “kill” Wilders for “insulting Muslims” with Your contest
The cartoons that draw Muhammad, a religious figure that for Muslims cannot be represented graphically, have provoked very violent responses in previous years in different countries.
In September 2005, tens of thousands of Muslims took to the streets to protest the publication in the Danish conservative newspaper “Jyllands Postem” of a series of cartoons depicting Muhammad with a concealed bomb in his turban. they produced assaults on Danish embassies and the author of the cartoons, Kurt Westergaard, was forced to live in hiding since then.
A decade later, a group of armed terrorists killed 12 people in January 2015 at the headquarters of the French satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, in central Paris, after this medium had published several vignettes in which it was represented To the prophet of the Muslims.