Anne Marie Waters of Sharia Watch UK and Pegida UK to address Barking and Dagenham Ukip
PUBLISHED: 16:16 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:55 17 March 2017
The anti-Islam director of Sharia Watch UK, Anne Marie Waters, will address the borough’s Ukip branch on Tuesday.
Ms Waters, who co-founded anti-Islamisation group Pegida UK with EDL founder Tommy Robinson, was today announced as guest speaker at the three-month-old group’s next meeting at The Eastbrook pub in Dagenham Road, Dagenham.
After branch chair Peter Harris announced her invitation on Twitter, the former family lawyer tweeted promising to “address Islam” on her visit as part of a tour of Ukip branches she hopes will spearhead a party movement called Ukip Against Sharia.
“We’re campaigning against something that causes immense human rights abuses all over the world, which is sharia law, which is derived from Islam,” she said. “It has terrible elements to it in terms of treatment of women, anti-Semitism and homophobia – we are against these things.
“Nowadays the people that oppose that are deemed far-right – the far-right are on the other side.
“There’s nothing right-wing or fascist about it.”
A writer for pro-Trump news site Breitbart, she has written articles entitled Feminists Need to Know – Islam Kills Women and Dear So-Called Feminists – Your Open Borders Bullsh*t Will Ensure Thousands Of More Rapes and Sexual Assaults and said the 2015 New Year’s Eve rapes that hit Cologne, Germany, were an example of how cultural norms from Islamic societies could endanger the west.
“Women are being raped by migrants in Europe – this is a massive fact and we saw it in Cologne,” she said. “We have completely different ideas of how women should behave and what women’s rights are.”
The 2015 General Election Lewisham East for Ukip is an avid campaigner against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and child marriage and has 24,000 followers on Twitter, where she re-tweets controversial politicians such as Geert Wilders, who wants to ban the Qur’an in his native Netherlands and yesterday led his Party for Freedom to become the second largest in the country in the Dutch General Election.
In 2010 she signed a joint letter which was sent to The Guardian on the eve of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to Britain that said the Vatican was responsible for increasing the spread of AIDS in poor countries, denying abortion to vulnerable women and opposing equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
Ash Siddique, a spokesman for Al Madina mosque in Victoria Road, Barking, said Ms Waters was entitled to share her views.
“There’s not really much to say,” the 49-year-old said. “Good luck to her – if she wants to do that that’s her right.”