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PostSubject: Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancels OZschwitz tour citing security concerns   Mon Apr 03, 2017 1:33 am

The controversial speaker and vocal critic of Islam Ayaan Hirsi Ali has cancelled her speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand, citing security concerns.

The news of Hirsi Ali’s cancellation was publicised on Twitter by the ABC’s Q&A, on which she was due to be a panellist on Monday night.

   Ayaan Hirsi Ali cancelled her tour to Australia at the last minute and will not be appearing on tonight's #qanda. #staytuned
   — ABC Q&A (@QandA) April 2, 2017

Hirsi Ali’s Hero of Heresy tour was due to begin in Brisbane on Thursday, before taking her to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland.

In a statement Think Inc, the event organiser, said that the cancellation was due to a “number of reasons including security concerns”.

“She wishes the event organizers, Think Inc., success in their future endeavors and hopes to be able to return to Australia in the not too distant future.”

A spokeswoman told Guardian Australia she was “incredibly disappointed” that the tour would not be going ahead. “We’re a little bit crushed.”

The 47-year-old Somali-born activist, author and former politician has previously received death threats for her strident criticism of Islam. Her appearances in Australia had been opposed by a group of prominent Muslim women, who said that she espoused “hate-mongering and bigotry”.

Hana Assafiri, a Melbourne Muslim activist who had campaigned against Hirsi Ali’s appearance, told Guardian Australia Hirsi Ai was being held accountable for her “divisive discourse”.

“What I think is this is an opportunity for her to rethink her position ... which peddles hate towards people.

“To me this is one of the hallmarks of democracy: where people have a right of reply ... Freedom of expression is not simply about enabling hate speech and divisive conversation.”

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