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British-Nigerian councillor suspended for criticising gay marchers

British-Nigerian councillor suspended for criticising gay marchers

Chika Amadi

For daring to call Toronto gay pride marchers “paedophiles”, Chika Amadi, a North London Labour councillor of Nigerian descent, has been suspended.

Amadi had tweeted a story from Christian news website LifeSiteNews about nude men at a Gay Pride event in Toronto forcing a little girl to “cover her eyes”.

The girl, of between age eight and nine, was seen covering her face with her hands when naked men were marching amidst cheers from onlookers.

A councillor on Harrow Council since 2014, Amadi, who also preaches the gospel on social media, was subsequently accused of spreading anti-LGBT messages on her social media accounts.

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Labour suspended the councillor, and pledged to investigate her after her Twitter rant caught the attention of LGBT rights activists, the Evening Standard UK reported.

In the tweet, she wrote: “My fight is simple: let adults do their thing but protect children. That could be anyone’s child. I am distressed.

“Who cares how distressed the child in the picture is? I do. It is unfair to take away a child’s innocence.”

The tweet, for which she is accused of anti-gay comments and which has since been-deleted, also added: “Nothing but paedophilia being labelled liberalism adults polluting children with their senselessness.”

In response, other Twitter users accused her of homophobia, a tweet reading: “Evil. If you dare walk naked in front of my child God will give you terrible assignment that will put you to perpetual sleep. Be warned.”

And another Twitter user wrote: “So is your anger just at the nudity? As a gay Christian who voted Labour this year I am quite interested on your view on homosexuality.”

In her reaction, Amadi wrote: “You did not vote me in and you cannot remove me. Keep your mouth where your money is. Keep busy and stop nosing around.”

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The co-chairs of the Labour Campaign for LGBT rights said the “offensive, distasteful and homophobic” remarks were not acceptable from a councillor.

Chris Ward, Chair of LGBT Humanists UK, also called for Amadi to be suspended.

Shortly after the calls, a Labour spokeswoman said: “Chika Amadi has been suspended from the Labour Party pending an investigation.”

Her reaction to the suspension was cryptic, as she tweeted:

British-Nigerian councillor suspended for criticising gay marchers

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