Photographer says United Patriots Front misuse of her images is vile

Marziya Mohammedali

Photographer Marziya Mohammedali is annoyed that photographs she took at the Save Safe Schools WA rally on Saturday have been re-purposed by the far right group the United Patriots Front.

The anti-Islam group counter-protested the rally on Saturday shouting abuse at the LGBTI community members. Now they’ve posted Mohammedali’s photos to their social media page.

Alongside the photographs are a series of homophobic and transphobic comments, peppered with slurs and extreme threats of violence.

“I’m really annoyed about it.” Mohammedali told OUTinPerth, “Also just worried in the sense that they’re being used to deliberately target and threaten the very individuals that are supposed to be supported.

“The whole point of me taking the photos to show in my own way and document this movement and the fact that they’ve been taken by people like the UPF and used in such a vile way is not on.”

Mohammedali described the comments she’d seen from the UPF page as horrific.

The photographer said she has been taking photos for a few years now, and that social justice issues were of particular interest to her.

“I just take photos for myself. I take photos of a whole range of social justice issues, I’ve been doing this for a while.” Mohammedali said.

Take a look at the fabulous photographs (without the hateful comments) at the Facebook page for KIKEI DOT NET 

The United Patriots Front was invited to comment on this story.

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