Maryam Namazie fled Iran's violent regime and now campaigns against Islamic extremism.
She was giving a university lecture at the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society (ASH), of Goldsmiths in London and showed a cartoon of Jesus and Muhammad when hecklers began shouting.
According to Express, members of the Islamic Society complained that “create a climate of hatred and bigotry towards Muslim students.”
Namazie spoke after the event, “After my talk began, ISOC 'brothers' started coming into the room, repeatedly banging the door, falling on the floor, heckling me, playing on their phones, shouting out, and creating a climate of intimidation in order to try and prevent me from speaking.”
“I continued speaking as loudly as I could. They repeatedly walked back and forth in front of me. In the midst of my talk, one of the ISOC Islamists switched off my PowerPoint and left,” she continued. “The University security had to intervene and remain in the room as I continued my talk. Eventually the thug who had switched off my PowerPoint returned and continued his harassments. At this point, I stood my ground, screamed loudly and continued insisting that he be removed even when the security said he should stay because he was a student.”
Activist Reza Moradi, who was in attendance, said a member of the ISOC made a gesture threatening to kill him.
He told Express, “When the security guards first led out two ISOC members, one of them moved towards me and went ‘boom.”
“At that moment I just thought he was intimidating but it bothered me the way he did that. He and his friend came back in later and he was talking to his friend and I said shut up to him and then he looked directly into my eyes and moved his hands into a handgun shape and touched the middle of his forehead,” he added.
“At that moment I was worried, I took it seriously as a death threat. I was threatened and he was very intimidating,” he concluded.
The Islamic Society was forced to go on defense and pretended they were victimized, “Muslim students who attended the event were shocked and horrified by statements made by Namazie, and peacefully expressed their dissent to the disrespectful cartoons shown of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). These students were subsequently made subject to unnecessary bullying, abuse and violence by the ASH society and security staff. Some students were even forcibly removed from the event.”
The statement also addressed the allegations of death threats.
“Following the event, members of the public who were present at the event have been tweeting unauthorised pictures of our University students with fabricated statements regarding false allegations of "death threats.”
As you can see on the video, if anyone is being victimized, it's the lecturer.
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