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Mosques seek Twitter ban on Dutch populist Geert Wilders

| 06 November, 2018
 AFP
Mosques seek Twitter ban on Dutch populist Geert Wilders
Photo: Dutch far-right politician<span class="highlight" data-qa-component="highlight-text"> Geert </span><span class="highlight" data-qa-component="highlight-text">Wilders </span>of the Party for Freedom (PVV) visits a local market in Antwerp with members of the Flemish right-wing Vlaams Belang party ahead of Belgian local elections, in Antwerp, Belgium September 2, 2018. REUTERS/Eric Vidal

THE HAGUE: A body representing 144 Turkish mosques in the Netherlands has asked Twitter to block the account of anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders for inciting hatred.

The Turkish Islamic Cultural Federation (TICF) sent the letter on Friday seeking “a permanent ban of the Twitter of Mr. Geert Wilders... due to continuous publications on his Twitter account of messages, images and other content which is a display of hateful conduct.”

It said Wilders’ tweets breached Twitter’s guidelines, adding: “His hate messages are being spread worldwide thanks to the platform and abilities Twitter provides him.”
“We reserve the right to take any legal actions and measures necessary if you will not take action as requested within 21 days after this,” it said.

TICF’s lawyer Ejder Kose told AFP on Monday they would take legal action if nothing was done.

“Going to court is the last thing we want to do but if we have to, we’ll do it,” Kose said.

Kose said many of Wilders’ tweets breached laws in several countries including Tunisia, Morocco, Pakistan and Indonesia.

The far-right leader of the PVV party in August canceled a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest that had angered many Muslims around the world.

Wilders reacted to the move on Twitter, calling the demand for a ban on his account “madness.”

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