Jakarta has seen the anger provoked by Geert Wilders’s film, Fitna, as dozens of Indonesians have demonstrated outside the Dutch embassy on Monday.
While riot police formed a wall to keep them away, some protesters hurled eggs and plastic waters bottles at the embassy.
On Sunday, in central Java, hundreds of Indonesian school students also demonstrated against the film. The same day, Iran protested to the Dutch ambassador in Tehran, and the foreign ministry said the film was “insulting and anti-Islamic”.
Demonstrators in Jakarta on Monday, were from the Muslim group Islamic Defenders Front. They held placards saying : “Geert Wilders is a Christian terrorist”, “Kill Geert Wilders” and “Holland go to hell!”
Last week, member of the Dutch parliament, Geert Wilders, leader of the right-wing Freedom Party (PVV) in the Netherlands, succeded in releasing his film on the internet.
It shows graphic images of terrorist attacks, such as the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11 2001, the train bombings in London and Madrid, interspersed with verses from the Koran.
The film also pretends that the Koran inspires violence and describes Islam as the enemy of freedom. The end of the film pictures someone turning pages of a Koran, followed by a tearing sound.
The conclusion sentence is clear : “Stop Islamisation. Defend our freedom.”
Mr Wilders is under constant police protection because he has received death threats. His film has been condemned by the Dutch government, and all Dutch broadcasters have avoided showing Fitna.
“Offensively anti-Islamic”, that is what Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary General, has called the film.
As a future journalist, I am totally in favour of freedom of expression and freedom of information, but in my opinion it has to be used wisely.