Dutch Anti-Islam Lawmaker Cancels Prophet Muhammad Cartoon Contest After Widespread Protests

Dutch anti-Islam lawmaker Geert Wilders has cancelled a scheduled Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest in the capital here in November following widespread protest in Pakistan that raised concerns over security to the participants.

The far-right opposition Dutch lawmaker, who for years has lived under round-the-clock protection because of death threats sparked by his fierce anti-Islam rhetoric, cancelled the event following concerns of extreme threat after a 26-year-old Pakistani man was arrested who allegedly planned an attack on Wilders.

“To avoid the risk of victims of Islamic violence, I have decided not to let the cartoon contest go ahead,” Geert Wilders said in a written statement, noting he did not want others endangered by the contest he had planned for November.

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