Anti-Islam film fails to provoke Dutch Muslims
The release of a controversial anti-Islam film by a Dutch legislator did not cause turmoil among Muslims in the Netherlands.
The release of a controversial anti-Islam film by a Dutch legislator had been expected to cause turmoil among Muslims in the Netherlands and abroad. But on Friday, a day after the 16-minute film entitled Fitna, which criticizes the Koran and warns of the "Islamization" of the European country, Muslims in the migrant neighbourhood of Lombok in Utrecht did not appear shaken.
There was virtually no reaction throughout the Netherlands to Geert Wilders' much-anticipated film, that was watched by more than 2 million people within the first two hours of its release on the internet.
The vast majority of Dutch viewers, Muslims and non-Muslims alike appear not to have found the film particularly provocative towards Muslims.
In Eindhoven, several Muslim organizations distributed special forms in the city's seven mosques enabling everyone to file a complaint of discrimination against Wilders with the Dutch police.
But in the crowded shopping streets of Lombok in the fourth largest Dutch city, Muslims appeared much less motivated to take action against Wilders. Friday's shopping continued as usual.
"No, we are not talking about Fitna," a man standing among a large group of Muslims standing outside a local mosque after prayers on Friday, told media.
Another man, who identified himself as Ahmed, 27, added, "Of course we watched the movie. But the truth is Wilders showed nothing new in his film. What does he think, that I agree to the horrific executions he showed in his film?"
Agencies Last Mod: 29 Mart 2008, 11:41