Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders, in a text message, tells the Associated Press he will be returning to Holland within the hour after arrest.
"I am in a detention centre at Heathrow ... I am detained. They took my passport. I will not be allowed to enter the country. They will send me back within a few hours.” "I am in a detention centre at Heathrow ... I am detained. They took my passport. I will not be allowed to enter the country. They will send me back within a few hours.”
Bye bye England -- they are done. They should be kissing his ring for his bravery and courage in doing what they don't have the spine to do.
The Home Secretary Jacqui Smith who barred Wilders entry (see letter) has renamed Islamic terrorism 'anti-Islamic activity,' and has welcomed the most violent Islamic radicals while simultaneously banned Jews. (Video of Jacqui Smith)
What is even more hypocritical is that we watched in horror as hordes of Muslims and leftists rallied in the streets of London calling for Jewish genocide, calling for the destruction of Israel, and that was OK. Scenes depicting a Jewish blood libel of Jews eating babies. That was ok. The Brit police actually escorted the would be annihilationists to the Israel embassy while being assaulted, insulted and under seige.
The plea of a free man:
One of my comments on FB, "Britannia has sunk beneath the waves of history. Nelson, Benbow, Churchill must all be spinning in their graves. The great in Great Britain is no more."
Churchill is weeping ............ as the UK limps to extinction.
Wilders calls Gordon Brown the number one coward in Europe.
This is a fatal blow to free speech.
UPDATE: Mark Steyn writes at NRO : (hat tip Sounder)
"....they have no problem admitting to the United Kingdom the likes of Dr Ijaz Mian, who preached as follows at the Ahl-e-Hadith mosque in Derby: You cannot accept the rule of the kaffir. We have to rule ourselves and we have to rule the others... King, Queen, House of Commons: if you accept it, you are a part of it. If you don't accept it, you have to dismantle it. So you being a Muslim, you have to fix a target. From that White House to this Black House, we know we have to dismantle it. Muslims must grow in strength, then take over... You are in a situation in which you have to live like a state-within-a-state - until you take over. And so it goes: Multiculti England will tolerate any intolerance, except the guy who points out the intolerance. We can't tolerate that."
There are no borders on this. It's willful suicide for all of us.
UPDATE: I can't help but notice how the media that is covering it - there has been a media blackout on this story in the US) - refer to Wilders as "ultra right" or "far right". When did freedom of speech become a far right issue? Is this how these leftard journalists self medicate themselves while they aid and abet their own suicide? From the Times Online:
”It is easy to invite people you agree with, it is more difficult to invite people you disagree with and this is the proof of the pudding," he said.
"I am going to Great Britain because 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.
He added: "They (the British government) are more Chamberlain than Churchill."
At 2.20pm, Mr Wilders was escorted through UK immigration by two plain-clothed officers and into the offices of the UK border agency.
At one stage, during the long walk from the plane to immigration, one of Mr Wilders’ bodyguards asked border agency guards to relax their grip on the MP.
The guards kept a tight hold on both Mr Wilders’s arms as they walked him through the airport followed by a gaggle of journalists and cameramen.
As he approached passport control, Mr Wilders was asked if he was nervous. He replied: “I’m not nervous. I’m just anxious to find out what will happen to me. Is this how Great Britain welcomes a democrat?”
In the House of Lords today, Lord Pearson, the peer who invited Mr Wilders to Britain, mounted a staunch defence of Wilders' right to show Fitna.
Lord Pearson said he disagreed with some of Mr Wilders’ views but believed he should be allowed to express them.
He asked Home Office minister Lord West of Spithead: “Do you think this situation would occur if Mr Wilders had said ban the Bible. If it would not have occurred, why would it not have occurred?”
“Surely the violence and the disturbance that may arise from showing this film in this country is not caused by the film which attempts to show merely how the violent Islamist uses the Koran to perpetrate his terrible acts.
“The violence is coming from the Jihadist, the violent Islamist, and surely the Government in doing what it has done is therefore guilty of appeasement.”
Lord West replied: “I certainly don’t think we are guilty of appeasement in any way whatsoever. I don’t want to go down the route of discussing a hypothetical case of what if he talked about this, what if he talked about that.”
He told peers: “Under European law a member state of the European Economic Area may refuse entry to a national of another EEA state if they constitute a threat to public policy, public security or public health.”
"Threat to society? I'm an elected member of Parliament; I have done nothing wrong," "I'm a normal, law-abiding democrat. You might agree or disagree with my political point of view, but I'm no threat to anyone."