Dutch leader criticizes Wilders
BRUSSELS — The Cairo International Film Festival for Children has re-instated Dutch entry “Where Is Winky’s Horse?” Pic was dropped last week in protest at plans by Dutch politician Geert Wilders to release a film criticizing the Koran.
Fest sources told the AFP agency Sunday that the change of heart followed an apology from the Dutch government.
After the boycott was announced, Dutch prime minister Jan Peter Balkenende said that the cabinet “fundamentally disagreed” with Wilders’ views. “It is our responsibility to make clear to everyone that the views and actions of this one elected representative are not those of the government,” he said.
He called upon Wilders to consider the risks to Dutch people and business interests before showing the film, “Fitna.” He also condemned the threats of violence made against Wilders, most from extreme Islamic groups outside Europe.
Wilders announced Friday that “Fitna” was finished, and would be broadcast on the Internet or on TV during March. “The cabinet can then bow down and capitulate to Islam, but I never, ever will,” he said.