Netherlands

    Around 200 supporters of Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders demonstrated outside an Amsterdam court on Jan. 20 at the start of his criminal trial for allegedly inciting hate against the Netherlands' Muslim minority. The case is seen as an important test weighing Wilders' right to freedom of speech against Dutch immigrants' rights to freedom of religion and freedom from persecution. Wilders has been charged for more than 100 public statements, including remarks comparing the Quran to Hitler's "Mein Kampf" and calling for it to be banned in the Netherlands. He also produced the 2008 short film "Fitna," which offended Muslims around the world by juxtaposing Quranic verses with images of terrorism by Islamic radicals. (AP)

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