Britons in BLACKMAIL threat from hardline Islamists if they wear BIKINIS on the beach
THOUSANDS of British women heading to holiday hotspots in Morocco could be targeted by hardline Islamists who are waging an online campaign to shame those who wear bikinis.Every year around 500,000 Brits jet off to Morocco, which is known for its year-round sunshine, idyllic beaches and tantalising food.
However, while many women in the UK add their bikini to their suitcase without a second thought, Islamists in Morocco are warning those caught wearing skimpy swimwear will have their photograph taken and the image posted online for millions around the world to see.The hardliners are angry women from the West are showing flesh in a country where more than 99 per cent of the population is Muslim, modesty is expected and many females wear headscarves.
As a warning to those who flout the strict dress code, an anonymous group using a pseudonym has already posted dozens of pictures of women in bikinis on Facebook.The pictures were snapped secretly as victims relaxed on beaches or frolicked in the waves and are meant to shame the women into “repenting”.
The images were accompanied by a variety of posts urging women to “turn to religion”.
One read: “This is what happens in Morocco, land of Islam, principality of believers.”Another post said: “We have eyes that are filming you on the beaches and we will show your photos to prevent the deterioration of the country.”
Police in Morocco have launched an investigation into the group’s threat saying they are treating it as harassment.
The page has now been taken down but the group has warned that it already has around 10,000 images – and is prepared to take more.
The news comes following a worldwide backlash after France announced it was banning the burkini - favoured by many women wishing to cover up completely - from its beaches and anyone found to be wearing one would be issued with an on-the-spot fine.
Following a massive backlash, France announced on Friday that the ban had been overturned meaning women can wear what they want on the country's beaches.A spokeswoman for the FCO said it was not aware of the threat but advised people to follow local customs and issued specific advice on its website.
According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), most visits to Morocco are trouble free.On the website, travellers are told: “Morocco is a Muslim country which follows Islamic laws and customs. “You should respect these at all times.
“Be aware of your actions to ensure they don’t offend, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas. “You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times.” express