Abusive protests over al-Haddad leads to Legoland hotel closure

Legoland in Windsor has closed its hotel this weekend following controversy over a ‘fun day’ event organised by the Muslim Research and Development Foundation.

The foundation’s founder Haitham al-Haddad has been accused of being a supporter of female genital mutilation and Legoland tells CN the resort had received threats from far right groups opposed to the gathering.

Usama Hasan, of the moderate, anti-terrorism think tank, the Quilliam Foundation, told the Mail Online on 14 February: “Like all extreme Islamists, al-Hadda uses fascist language about non-Muslims and refuses to sit at the same table as women.”

Thames Valley Police were said to be investigating abusive posts on Legoland’s Facebook page.

The theme park is due to open for the leisure season next week and a spokesman said: “We are extremely sorry we’ve had to cancel any hotel visits for guests booked in to stay over this weekend.”

The resort promised to offer refunds now that the foundation’s event will no longer going ahead.

A resort statement added: ”Unfortunately the Legoland Windsor Resort has had to close the Hotel on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014 after threats from right-wing groups made against the resort.”
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Paul Colston

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