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Austria nears decision to also prosecute Wilders for hate speech
by Janene Pieters
Austria expects to soon make a decision on whether or not PVV leader Geert Wilders will be prosecuted for hate speech because of statements he made in a speech in Hofburg on March 27th last year, AD reports.
Wilders was the guest of honor at a gathering of sister party FPO. In his speech, he called for the Koran to be banned, said that Islam declared war on Europe and that Islam turns men into terrorists.
Austrian Muslim organization IMO pressed charges against Wilders. "I realized immediately that I had to do something", Tarafa Baghjati, leader of the IMO, said to the newspaper. "Wilders called Islam an ideology of war that incites violence. Wilders gave the impression that all Muslims are here to wage war against Europeans. It made me think of all the Nazi rhetoric of the 30's. I decided to report it right away."
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