Film Could Spark New Wave of Muslim Riots
Posted on: 2008-01-22 01:15:41
Authorities brace for new release said to show Quran being torn up
Trepidation Over Wilders' Islam Film
Officials in the Netherlands, where tensions have been high since a Muslim murdered a filmmaker more than three years ago, are bracing for the release of a new movie by a controversial politician that aims to show Islam's holy book "is an inspiration for intolerance, murder and terror."
In 2004, filmmaker Theo Van Gogh was murdered by a Muslim avenging his film about Islam. Two years later, riots protesting the publication of cartoons about Islam's prophet Muhammad left about 100 people dead.
Now, the Dutch government is warning of a 10-minute film to be released this month by parliament member Geert Wilders, who heads the right-wing Freedom Party, reports Agence France-Presse.
Yesterday, ahead of a news conference by Dutch officials, the country's media reported the government has put together a secret document on how to handle reactions to the film.