Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders on Wednesday aired cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed on national television, claiming "freedom of speech must always prevail over violence."

Some 10 cartoons featuring the Prophet were screened on Dutch national broadcaster NOS during a two-minute slot for political parties, just before the 6:00 pm (1600 GMT) news.

One cartoon showed a blood-splattered world and the Prophet standing with a blood-stained dagger and sword while another depicted Mohammed riding a unicycle, dressed in a 1960s-style outfit while juggling apparently decapitated heads.

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