Geert Wilders leader of Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) with members of Garland, Texas Police SWAT Team, May 3, 2015
Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch Freedom Party (PVV) who spoke at the Garland Texas Muhammad Art Contest on May 3, 2015 is planning an exposition of the artwork at the Hague Parliament in Holland. Two Phoenix Arizona Muslim assailants, Elton Simpson , 30, and Hamid Nadir Soofi, 34, attacked the Curtis Cullen Education Center in Garland , Texas, equipped with body armor and firing assault weapons. They slighty injured a security guard and were taken down by a Garland police officer preventing a intended mass shooting just as the program sponsored by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) was ending. More than 200 members of the audience, Wilders, sponsor Pam Geller and speaker Robert Spenser were locked inside for their safety. Wilders and the speakers and organizers praised the quick action of security personnel at the AFDI Muhammad Art exposition.
AFP reported Wilders saying:
I am going to request Parliament to exhibit the same cartoons as those that were displayed in Garland," Wilders told AFP on Wednesday. I want to send a message that if you use violence to suppress free speech the only effect is that we'll do it even more, We must show we'll not be intimidated. don't want to provoke, but at the same time we must show that we're standing for freedom of speech.
ISIS is claiming reponsibility for the attack by the two assailants. Rita Katz of the Site Website in an article noted the exchange of tweets between Simpson and Somali American emigre from Minnesota "Majihid Miski", an alleged Islamic State recruiter:
Among those that Simpson kept closest contact with on Twitter was “Mujahid Miski,” believed to be Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, a jihadist and IS-supporter from Minnesota believed to be fighting in Somalia. It is not clear if the two had known each other outside of the internet, but they shared regular conversations and appeared to have also spoken in secret discussions.
For instance, as Miski’s accounts would regularly be suspended due to constant incitements for attacks against the West, Simpson would promote his friend’s new accounts upon their creation. With one of his accounts, under the name “I’m your bro fillah,” Simpson promoted Miski’s 31st account:
Furthermore, upon Miski’s establishment of this new account, Simpson was among the first that the former Minnesota man followed.
On April 23, 2015, Miski posted a link to an article on the upcoming cartoon contest by the American Freedom Defense Initiative, and urged for a lone wolf attack by “Brothers in the US” to the style of Charlie Hebdo:
The Twitter address certainly shows the level of depravity of these terrorists. Love_HOOORiyah refers to the "Houris," the 72 virgins they plan to meet in their version of heaven. I also notice what amounts to a racial slur against the black American jihadi--watermelon lover. If a white person made a joke about watermelon or fried chicken in his presence, a black American would be highly offended. This racial slur would be more offensive to me than a cartoon. The judge who released Simpson and the FBI who have been following his Facebook activity for years could have prevented this crime. I love this photo of the Garland PD Swat Team. Every one of those young men treated us with the utmost respect, kept us calm, constantly updated us, and inspired confidence. At least one of them was with us throughout the evening at all times, including on our transfer to the hotel. They should all receive medals for their bravery under fire and for preventing the murder of Ms Geller, Mr Spencer, the speakers, the cartoon contest winner, and the attendees. We owe our lives to these men and others at the Fire Department, as well as the hotel manager and staff. What could have been a nightmare turned out badly for only two people--the armed terrorists.