The government of the Netherlands has banned British conspiracy theorist David Icke from entering most of Europe for two years amid fears his planned presence at a weekend demonstration in Amsterdam would spark unrest.
Icke, 70, is a prominent advocate of the belief that a race of lizard people have taken over the Earth by posing as human leaders.
He was previously kicked off Twitter for spreading misinformation surrounding Covid-19, with some of his wild claims suggesting that Jewish people and 5G mobile phone towers were behind the pandemic.
Dutch Justice Minister Dilan Yeilgöz-Zegerius told reporters Friday that freedom of speech and the right to demonstrate were fundamental rights, ‘but they are not limitless.’
Dutch immigration authorities said in a letter Icke published on his website that ‘there are concrete indications that your arrival in the Netherlands poses a threat to public order.’
A decree from the Dutch government bans Icke from 26 countries in Europe’s passport-free Schengen travel zone.
On his website, the former Coventry City and Hereford United footballer called the ban an ‘extraordinary, over-the-top response.’