According to a post on Facebook, Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders will be visiting Hungary this weekend for a book tour to promote the Hungarian translation of his controversial 2012 book Marked for Death: Islam’s War Against the West and Me.
The book tour, announced on the Facebook page of Hungarian “Supporters of Geert Wilders,” is set to take place on January 27th and 28th in the cities of Nyíregyháza, Győr, and Sopron. You can view the announcement, in Hungarian, below:
Wilders himself is a highly controversial figure on the European political stage. The leader of the right-wing populist Party for Freedom has been repeatedly brought to court, and in fact convicted, for incidents where he purportedly incited “discrimination and hatred” against Moroccans living in the Netherlands. Heralded by some as the “Dutch Donald Trump,” Wilders and his party’s anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim message propelled him to the forefront of politics for a short time. Despite a brief spike in popularity, his Party for Freedom was soundly beaten in last March’s Dutch parliamentary elections.
The Dutch politician also has long-standing ties to Hungary. His wife, Krisztina Márfai, is Hungarian, and since their marriage in 1992 Wilders has visited the country regularly. In the past, he has expressed enthusiasm for the policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, and even had coffee with the Hungarian premier in 2016.
Marked for Death, first published in 2012 in English, claims that Islam as a whole is waging war “against western civilization; against every liberal norm and value we Westerners hold dear and we must take increasingly drastic steps to defend our way of life from extinction.” Unsurprisingly, while his book was well-received in some quarters, Wilders’ assertions about a religion practiced by approximately 1.8 billion people was decried as “dangerous” and “hateful” by numerous critics.
In addition to announcing the Dutch politicians’ upcoming book tour, the Hungarian “Supporters of Geert Wilders” Facebook page regularly posts anti-Muslim articles and videos to its page, which as of this writing has just over 300 likes.
Via mno.hu, Geert Wilders Támogatói Facebook page, the Atlantic, and Politico
Images via Facebook, Geert Wilders Twitter, and Newsweek