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Freedom of expression under threat by violent extremists
by Ann Marie Waters
This week I was due to give a talk to students at Queen Mary University of London on behalf of the One Law for All Campaign, London on sharia law and human rights. Rather fittingly – and as if to prove my point - my human rights were quashed by a person demonstrating one of the effects of sharia law; the threat of violence for criticising religion.
Just before I was due to start, a young man entered the lecture theatre, stood at the front of the room with a camera and proceeded to film everyone in the audience. That done, he informed us that he knew who we were, where we lived and if he heard a single negative word about the Prophet, he would track us down. (I am told he made further threats as he left the building).
The organisers of the event, Queen Mary's Atheism, Secularism and Humanism Society called the police and the event was unfortunately cancelled.
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