The controversial Islamic preacher Mohamed Hoblos has been barred from entering the Schengen Area after authorities in several member states refused to grant him entry for planned events.
Hoblos had intended to visit Hamburg and Berlin, but German authorities prevented his entry into the country. He also attempted to enter the Schengen Area through Switzerland and Oslo, but was denied both times.
The preacher, known for his social media presence and large following, had events scheduled in Berlin and Hamburg, with hundreds of tickets sold for the Berlin event. He had also planned an appearance in the Netherlands, where officials similarly denied him entry.
Hoblos is currently listed in the Schengen Information System, which enables member states to share information about extremists and other undesirables. The Minister of Justice in the Netherlands confirmed that Hoblos would not be allowed to enter the country because of his listing in the system.
The Mayor of Utrecht, where Hoblos had planned to make an appearance, also expressed opposition to his presence, stating that there is no room for hate speech and calls to violence in the city.
Though Hoblos may attempt to join events in the Netherlands through video calls, Dutch authorities have vowed to take measures to address the situation if it arises.
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