Geert Wilders detained at Heathrow Airport
Thursday, 12 February 2009 15:39
Geert Wilders has been denied entry into the United Kingdom. The Freedom Party leader was invited to show his film Fitna in the UK's House of Lords. Upon arrival at Heathrow Airport he was detained and told that he would not be allowed to enter Great Britain. "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 denouced 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 governments decision. Polls on the Daily Mail and Guardian websites both show an overwhelming majority of voters opposing the ban.
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