Dutch MP banned from entering Britain
A Dutch MP who described the Koran as a "fascist book" has been banned from entering the UK amid fears his presence would endanger public security.
Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders says he will go to Britain despite a government order banning his entry into the country over an anti-Islamic film.
Geert Wilders had been refused entry to the United Kingdom to broadcast his controversial anti-Muslim film Fitna in the House of Lords.
Mr Wilders said he had been told that in the interests of public order he will not be allowed to come to Britain.
He responded to the decision in fighting mood, telling reporters that he still intended to travel to London.
He said: "I shall probably go to Britain anyway on Thursday. Let us see if they put me in chains on arrival. It is an unbelievable decision made by a group of cowards."
Mr Wilders is under 24-hour police protection because of his anti-Muslim stance.
He has been receiving death threats from Muslim groups outside Holland since the anti-Koran film appeared on the internet earlier this year.
The film features verses from the Koran alongside images of the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 September 2001, Madrid in March 2004 and London in July 2005.
The film equates Islam's holy text with violence and ends with a call to Muslims to remove 'hate-preaching' verses from the Koran.
It provoked protests in Muslim-majority countries including Indonesia and Pakistan.
Last night, Dutch Foreign Minister Maxime Verhagen said he had called British foreign secretary David Miliband to protest against the decision.
He said: "It is disgraceful that a Dutch parliamentarian should be refused entrance to an EU country."
A spokesman for the Lords said that the invitation to show his film remained open.
Home Office sources confirmed Mr Wilders had been refused entry to the UK.
A Home Office spokesman told The Daily Telegraph: "The Government opposes extremism in all its forms.
"It will stop those who want to spread extremism, hatred and violent messages in our communities from coming to our country.
"That was the driving force behind tighter rules on exclusions for unacceptable behaviour that the Home Secretary announced on in October last year."