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Iran, Indonesia Condemn Anti-Islamic Dutch Film

Iran and Indonesia have condemned a film by a Dutch lawmaker that says the Koran incites violence.

Iran's foreign ministry called the film anti-Islamic and anti-cultural, and said European governments should stop showing it. Indonesia's foreign ministry described the film as racist and said it was made under the blanket of freedom of expression.

Iran and Indonesia are two of the world's most populous Muslim countries.

The film called Fitna alternates pictures of terrorist attacks - including the attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001 - with quotations from the Koran.

The filmmaker, Geert Wilders, said one of his main points in making the film was a belief that rising Muslim immigration threatens democratic values in the Netherlands and the rest of Europe.

Wilders posted the film on his political party's Internet site Thursday after Dutch television refused to broadcast it.

Meanwhile, Danish cartoonist Kurt Westergaard says he will press copyright charges against Wilders for using Westergaard's cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad in the film.

Westergaard's drawing in 2005 depicted the prophet wearing a turban shaped like a bomb.

Muslims in much of the world staged violent protests against Denmark after Danish newspapers published in 2005 Westergaard's drawing and other satirical cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad considered offensive by Muslims. Danish and Dutch newspapers reprinted the Westergaard cartoon last month, sparking further Muslim protests.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.