Amsterdam - A leading Dutch politician and critic of Islam said Wednesday he plans to release a second movie about the spread of Islam, but not until after Dutch elections in June, local media reported. Fitna, released in March 2008 by Geert Wilders, was the source of much controversy, focusing as it did on the politician's concerns about the spread of radical Islam and the alleged "Islamization" of the Netherlands.
Now he plans to do the same again.
"Fitna 2 will be spectacular, but we do not manage to release it as planned before the elections," the leader of the Freedom Party PVV said.
Wilders said the sequel to his 2008 film focuses on the consequences of mass migration from Muslim countries, freedom of expression and the Sharia or Muslim law.
The lawmaker previously indicated he received help from professionals in the US to make his film.
Remarks Wilders made about Islam in Fitna are used in the trial currently brought against the lawmaker for alleged discrimination and incitement to hatred.
An Amsterdam court is deciding whether Wilders violated Dutch law by calling the Koran a "fascist book" and Islam a "backward culture," expressions he did among others in his film.
Wilders' Freedom Party, first established in 2006, entered parliament with 9 seats following general elections that year.
Opinion polls indicate the PVV would receive at least 24 seats in parliament if a general election were held today.
On February 20, the ruling Dutch coalition of Christian Democrats, Labour and Christian Union collapsed over the extension of the country's mission to Afghanistan, resulting in early elections on June 9.
Last week, the PVV achieved a breakthrough in two local elections. In The Hague, the party became the second largest party, while in Almere, a city east of Amsterdam, the PVV became the biggest party.
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