The Internet is outraged after Briton who fought Daesh is banned from speaking at his old university

Published November 8th, 2015 - 06:00 GMT
Macer Gifford fought against Daesh in Syria, but now Twitter users say he's fighting to speak at his old university back in the UK. (Twitter)
Macer Gifford fought against Daesh in Syria, but now Twitter users say he's fighting to speak at his old university back in the UK. (Twitter)

In what seems to be becoming a regular occurrence, a UK university union has banned a speaker from sharing their experiences with students for dubious reasons, leading to intense backlash on social media.  

Last week, University College London's (UCL) student union refused to allow Macer Gifford—a British man who fought against Daesh in Syria alongside Kurdish militias—to give a talk organized by Kavar Kurda, the head of the University Kurdish Society. Asad Khan, the student union’s events and activities officer has been accused of censorship, anti-Kurdish prejudice and even supporting Daesh after allegedly justifying his decision by saying that the union did not want to take sides in the conflict.

Kurda claims that Khan told him “one man’s freedom fighter is another man’s terrorist," and that he was concerned that Gifford’s talk would encourage others to go and fight.

Twitter erupted in outrage over the decision, with many worried that banning certain speakers is becoming a trend at UK universities. Maryam Namazie, a secular activist and spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, was banned from speaking in September by Warwick’s student union over fear the event would cause offense to some on campus.

By Kane Hippisley-Gatherum


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