Who is Geert Wilders and why was he speaking at the 9/11 protest agains the Ground Zero mosque?
Geert Wilders is a Dutch politician and leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV), the third leading political party in the Netherlands.
Citing irreconcilable differences over the party's position on the accession of Turkey to the European Union, Wilders left the VVD in 2004 to form his own party, the Party for Freedom. He advocates banning the Qur'an, taxing women who wear the Hijab and banning the construction of new mosques. In the international press he was called The Netherlands' "most inflammatory public figure".
Wilders has pleaded, for instance, for a hard line against what he called the "street terror" exerted by minorities in Dutch cities. His controversial 2008 film about Islam in the Netherlands has received international attention. On 21 January 2009, the Court of Appeal ordered his prosecution for what it said was "the incitement to hatred and discrimination". Wilders was also controversially banned from entering the United Kingdom between 12 February 2009 and 13 October 2009, with the Home Office viewing his presence as a "threat to one of the fundamental interests of society". The ban was overturned after Wilders appealed.