Statement on Paris shooting


In response to the killings in France, UKIP’s Communities spokesman Amjad Bashir MEP, said:

“This is a horrendous crime which should be condemned unreservedly. Those that killed these totally innocent people are disgusting criminals, they are animals. These acts of extremism are horrific and totally unjustified, and I condemn them absolutely.

“There are no circumstances and no causes that would make an attack like this justifiable, and how ever the attackers try to dress this up, it was an act of pure evil."

Peter Whittle, UKIP's Culture Spokesman, said: "The horrific attack on the offices of the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and the murder of its writers and cartoonists, is a direct, barbaric assault on freedom of speech and expression. This freedom is the very bedrock of Western democracy. It is non-negotiable.

"Such a brazen attack as that which occurred today suggests that those who oppose our values believe we lack the resolve to defend them.

"The publication of Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses in 1989, and the weak response to the ensuing protests, book burnings and indeed deaths, ushered in an era of self-censorship and fear in Britain and other Western countries."

"This must end. We must make it clear to those who hate our freedoms - our right to satirise, to criticise, to debate and indeed to offend - that they will never, ever win."

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