Thursday, 12 February 2009
A defiant Geert Wilders flew to London’s Heathrow airport today and in 47 seconds was ejected by British immigration authorities, his passport taken away and thrown into detention. The flight from Amsterdam was filled with Dutch TV and press media.
Wilders as reported on his party’s Dutch website said:
"I am in a detention centre at Heathrow," Wilders told The Times. "They took my passport. I will not be allowed to enter the country. They will send me back within a few hours.”
Wilders has denounced the British Government as "the biggest bunch of cowards in Europe. They are more Chamberlain than Churchill. I was invited by another politician (Lord Pearson of Rannoch). I am a democrat; I am serving freedom of speech. They are not only being nasty to me they are being nasty to freedom of speech."
Wilders has received hundreds of messages of support from Britons who disagree with their government’s decision. Polls on the Daily Mail and Guardian websites both show an overwhelming majority of voters opposing the ban.
Daily Mail: Dutch MP is refused entry after arriving at Heathrow
BBC News: Banned Dutch MP held at Heathrow (reader comments)
Fox News: Banned From Britain, Dutch Lawmaker Denied Entry at Heathrow
The Times: Geert Wilders arrives at Heathrow in defiant mood.
Our sources tell us that the House of Lords has shown Wilders film “Fitna,” notwithstanding his absence. They will be holding a press conference shortly. Lord Pearson and Baroness Cox who co-sponsored Wilders appearance are clearly upset about the obduracy of the Gordon Brown government in the face of withering criticism over the issue of freedom of speech.
Glenn Beck on FoxNews had been set up to interview Wilders in a London studio. Clearly, that has been precluded by today’s British Home office actions at Heathrow. Wilders' speech that would have been given at the House of Lords will be issued later today.
Next, Wilders is scheduled to present “Fitna” before a gathering of the Italian Senate in Rome.
During the week of February 23rd, Wilders is scheduled to be in the U.S. Given what happened in London this afternoon, will the Obama administration consider denying Wilders entry, or will it honor free speech guarantees under our First Amendment? We hope that Wilders can come to America. He has become both a lightening rod and an international icon in the fight for free speech, which is increasingly threatened by Muslim intimidation across the globe.
Posted on 02/12/2009 11:42 AM by Jerry Gordon
12 Feb 2009
Entirely as expected from our craven, dhimmi government. A bad day for the West, a worse day for freedom of speech and a black day for civilisation.
My thanks to G Brown and assorted ferrets and slugs in his government for making this day. At least we know whose side they are on now.
12 Feb 2009
I will look forward with much anticipation to the event in the Senate in Rome.
I am prepared to bet good money that the Italians will receive him; and that his speech in the Senate will include a respectful mention of the redoubtable Oriana Fallaci.
Perhaps Magdi Cristiano Allam will interview him for Corriere della Sera...
Let us hope and pray that the Poles will be next: that they will invite him to address *their* seat of government and show and speak to his film; after all, much much worse than all the Muslim acts and speeches of mayhem that are reported in 'Fitna' was the jihadist video that was recently produced by the Muslim assassins themselves, proudly displaying the sadistic murder by beheading, accompanied one must presume by the usual fiendish chants of 'allahu akbar', of an unarmed and helpless Polish citizen, only this month.