Mila, a 16-year-old French girl who received a slew of rape and death threats after she made anti-Islam statements on social media, said she did “absolutely does not regret” her remarks and defended her right to “blaspheme” on French television.
“I absolutely do not regret my words. I don’t have to hide for this reason,” the teenage girl said while adding that she did regret using “vulgarity” when she recorded herself on Instagram saying: “I hate religion. The Quran is… full of hate. There is only hate in it. Islam is a shit religion. That’s what I think.”
After her comments, the teenager was subjected to a torrent of death threats and abuse which ultimately led authorities to place her and her family under police protection, Le Figaro reports.
In her interview on French television this last week, Mila recounted the seriousness of the threats she had received saying: “Considering the threats I received from people in my high school, I could have been burned with acid, hit. I was threatened with being stripped naked in public, of being buried alive. I had to drop out of high school.”
“I was receiving 200 messages of pure hatred a minute,” the 16-year-old added.
Marine Le Pen, the leader of the populist National Rally, was one of the few prominent figures in France who defended the teenage girl’s statements, tweeting: “This young girl is braver than the whole political class in power over the past 30 years.”
Bruno Retailleau, the Senate leader of the Republicans – France’s main opposition party – also defended Mila, saying that it was “political Islam that is trampling our values”.
The ordeal reflects a growing and increasingly hostile rift between those who identify with France’s traditionally secular society and newcomers who still identify heavily with the Islamic world. Source: VOE
Dans notre pays de libertés, ce n’est pas à #Mila de s’excuser : c’est à ceux qui la menacent de mort, la harcèlent, l’insultent, de rendre des comptes devant la justice.
Bravo à cette jeune lycéenne pour son courage. MLP pic.twitter.com/ZDDRPIdkHQ
— Marine Le Pen (@MLP_officiel) February 4, 2020