Friday 23 March 2018

Beach party organisers receive threats after invite to Irish strand showed image of burkini

Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Two PSNI officers escorted a group of Syrian refugees to a beach barbecue after the organisers received threats over burkinis.

The North West Migrants Forum advertised their barbecue at Benone beach using an image of a woman wearing the full-body swimming costume to advertise the event with the caption: “We would encourage as many women as possible to wear burkinis to show support to our Muslim women! Wear what you want! It’s a free world!!”

Anti-Muslim comments accusing the organisers of “throwing your culture down our throats” were posted on social media in response to the advertisement and organisers also said they had received threatening messages.

Lilian Seenoi, director of the North West Migrants Forum, contacted the PSNI amid fears the event would be disrupted and was offered a police escort for the event.

Speaking to, a representative of the organisation said the event was a “huge success” in the end and that the PSNI presence gave the organisers and participants the confidence to go ahead and enjoy the barbecue.

A spokesperson for the PSNI said “Police attended this event as part of their role of keeping people safe. The event also provided the opportunity to engage with a cross section of the local community in a very positive way.”

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