Monday, April 3, 2017

Australia: Infamous Islamophobe Hirsi Ali cancels tour and Q&A appearance after protests lodged


"Against a backdrop of increasing global Islamophobia, Hirsi-Ali's divisive rhetoric simply serves to increase hostility and hatred towards Muslims."

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | AU Desk
Source/Credit: The Sydney Morning Herald
By AAP, Broede Carmody | April 3, 2017

Security concerns have forced controversial author and anti-Islamic activist Ayaan Hirsi Ali to pull out of a planned speaking tour of Australia.

Hirsi Ali, who lives with round-the-clock security protection due to her criticisms of radical Islamists, was due to speak at events in Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland this week.

She was also due to appear on ABC's Q&A panel on Monday night. Her spot on the ABC talkshow has now been filled by federal energy and environment minister Josh Frydenberg and the Opposition's human services minister Linda Burney.

Organisers of her trip Think Inc said they were disappointed at her last-minute cancellation.

"Ayaan Hirsi Ali regrets that for a number of reasons including security concerns she must cancel her upcoming appearances," Think Inc said in a statement to AAP on Monday.

"She wishes the event organisers success in their future endeavours and hopes to return to Australia in the not too distant future."

About 2000 tickets had been sold to Hirsi Ali's speaking events in Australia.

Buyers were being notified by email about the cancellations and will receive refunds.

Hirsi Ali's trip to Australia had sparked protests from a group of Muslim women who accused her of hate mongering and bigotry.

Nearly 400 people signed an online petition against Hirsi Ali's speaking tour.

"Against a backdrop of increasing global Islamophobia, Hirsi-Ali's divisive rhetoric simply serves to increase hostility and hatred towards Muslims," the petition, posted on Change.org, said.

Infamous Islamophobe Hirsi Ali cancels tour and Q&A appearance after protests lodged

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