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Geert Wilders

Telegraph

Geert Wilders, a popular anti-Islamic politician, went on trial in Amsterdam on Wednesday, charged with inciting hatred against Muslims in a case seen as a test of Dutch tolerance and free speech.

Mr Wilders sparked outrage with his 2008 film “Fitna”, which compared Islam to Nazism, and his repeated calls for the Koran to be banned on the same basis as Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf.

His Freedom Party is leading the opinion polls in the Netherlands and came second in European elections last June.

“I remain combative and still convinced that this political process will only lead to an acquittal,” said Mr Wilders.

“It is surreal that I sit in a courtroom, in a criminal court. I never had any idea this would happen.”

Outside the court, dominated on the first day by procedural issues and wrangling, up to 300 protesters chanted slogans such as “Do not silence Geert” and “We are all on trial”.

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