Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders said on Sunday (Dec 30) had ended a contest for cartoons caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H), only hours after announcing the contentious event.
In a tweet posted on Sunday morning, Wilders said international attention on the contest had enabled him to make a point about the importance of freedom of speech. “Mission accomplished. End of contest”, he wrote.
Images of the Prophet Mohammad are traditionally forbidden in Islam as idolatrous. Caricatures are regarded by most Muslims as highly offensive. Wilders canceled a similar contest in August last year after police arrested a man who had threatened to kill him over his plan. At the time, plans to hold the contest also prompted large demonstrations in Pakistan and Wilders said he felt the danger of violence against innocent people was too great.
Wilders’ anti-Islam Freedom Party is the second largest in Dutch parliament, but is not part of the government.
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