Protesters demand to send the Netherlands ambassador out from the country.
In Pakistan, several thousand people went to protest against a caricature competition on the Prophet Mohammed held in the Netherlands. This is reported by Meduza.io.
The protesters demand that the government influence the Dutch authorities to cancel the competition. Participants of the action plan to get on foot from Lahore to Islamabad (between cities–about 300 kilometers) and arrange a sit-in strike in the capital.
The cartoon competition for Mohammed began in June 2018 with the support of the Netherlands right “Freedom Party”. Party leader Geert Wilders, previously accused of inciting hatred, said that the winner of the contest will be announced in November; winner will receive $10 thousand.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte considered the competition “disrespectful,” but noted that the government will not prohibit it, so as not to violate the right to freedom of speech and expression.
Earlier, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan announced a protest to the Netherlands. The Pakistanis, who opposed the contest, said that the government should protect the believers and take more radical measures–to send the Dutch ambassador out from the country and raise the issue at the session of the UN General Assembly.