Leanne Wood Sparks Outrage After Calling Barcelona Killers ‘Far Right’
Plaid Cymru Leader and Welsh AM Leanne Wood (pictured above) has sparked outrage and provoked calls for her resignation from across the political spectrum after referring to the ISIS terrorists involved in yesterday’s Barcelona attack as being from the ‘far-right’.
Ms. Wood started by tweeting soon after the attack:
‘Ofnadwy/Terrible. Is this more far right terrorism? My thought are with all those affected’.
When it became clear that Muslim extremists were behind the attack, Ms. Wood doubled down on the comments:-
‘ISIS are far-right’
Ms Wood’s tweets provoked an angry response from Ukip in Wales.
They say it comes after a year in the National Assembly where Ms Wood has repeatedly referred to UKIP as a “far right” group. A spokeswoman said:
‘Clearly she’s becoming desperate to hold onto power in her party and is resorting to mud-slinging statements like these.
‘Her question is a tacit attempt to link these terrorist murderers to our party; it’s an absolute disgrace.
‘Leanne Wood has lost all credibility both within and outside of Plaid and it’s time for her to go. There is plenty of talent in Plaid waiting to replace her as leader.’
The Conservatives have also called for the Plaid Cymru leader to “apologise or resign” over the comment.
Janet Finch-Saunders AM, the Welsh Conservative representing Aberconwy, said:
‘While people were literally dying and being maimed, instead of simply absorbing the unfolding horror Leanne Wood chose to take to Twitter to score political gain.
‘Her comments were at best poorly timed and ill-judged, at worst cynical and morally depraved.
“Politicising terror so fresh after an attack can never be acceptable, and only adds to the hysteria and toxicity of debate.
‘As leader of a so-called progressive party, she should show some contrition by issuing an immediate apology and, if she doesn’t, I think she should resign.’
Ms Wood said in response:
‘First and foremost, my thoughts are with the victims of the horror that unfolded in Barcelona last night.
‘I have conveyed Plaid Cymru’s deepest condolences to the Catalan Government.
‘It became clear very quickly that this was another vehicle-borne terrorist attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility.
‘ISIS is a fascist organisation. It is driven by an ideology of hatred and violence that scapegoats minorities and considers women to be worth less than men.
‘This far-right ideology and the violence that goes with it must be rejected and opposed wherever it rears its head – be it Islamic fundamentalism or white supremacism.
‘Plaid Cymru continues to advocate investment in counter-terrorism, intelligence gathering and frontline policing as well as services which can counter this ideology.
‘Like many others, we praise the response of the Catalan emergency services which prevented even more people from being hurt or killed.’
Westmonster Dave is the News Editor of Kipper Central.