INCITEMENT WATCH: DUTCH POPULIST ATTACKS KORAN, PROPHET MOHAMMAD
AMSTERDAM - Dutch anti-immigration politician Geert Wilders was quoted on Tuesday as urging Muslims to dump half the Koran and saying he would chase the Prophet Mohammad out of the country if he was alive today.
'Islam is a violent religion. If Mohammad lived here today I could imagine chasing him out of the country tarred and feathered as an extremist,' Wilders told De Pers daily in an interview.
Wilders, who is seen as an heir to murdered populist Pim Fortuyn and whose new party won nine seats out of the 150 in parliament in November elections, has warned of a 'tsunami of Islamisation' in a country home to 1 million Muslims.
'I know that we're not going to have a Muslim majority in the next couple of decades, but it is growing,' he said.
'You no longer feel that you're living in your own country. There is a battle under way and we must defend ourselves. There will soon be more mosques than churches here.'
Wilders, who has lived under heavy guard since 2004 when a Dutch-Moroccan killed filmmaker and Islam critic Theo van Gogh, has campaigned to ban the Muslim burqa veil, wants to freeze immigration and ban new mosques and religious schools.
'If Muslims want to stay here they must tear out half of the Koran and throw it away. They shouldn't listen to the imam. I've read the Koran ... and I know that there are enough awful things in it,' he said.