The Legoland park in Windsor, England shut its doors to visitors after receiving threats from far-right extremists.
The park was scheduled to host a private event for the MRDF last weekend (Muslim Research and Development Foundation), and they have sold about 4,000 tickets for the event. When the information became public, threats started flooding the park’s Facebook page, voicemails, and email accounts. Legoland was forced to pull down their Facebook page, as there were plenty of abusive posts.
The park decided to close the 150-acre park and the 150-room hotel for the weekend as a safety measure. In a public statement, the park said their apologies and offered a full refund for families who were affected by the incident. Some people have also received £10 vouchers.
a bunch of right wing extremists want to go all Syria on legoland http://t.co/EyixXFx4Mi LEGOLAND
— Robert Caruso (@robertcaruso) March 7, 2014
Families who were scheduled to visit the park were extremely disappointed about the cancellation. Legoland says that they understand the disappointment, but the safety of the visitors and employees must always come first. According to the MRDF, the event that they were supposed to hold in the park was open to all faiths, and the threats that came flooding on Facebook were an obvious attack on Muslims and Islamic people residing in the UK.
— Debbie Almontaser (@DebbiAlmontaser) March 6, 2014
http://t.co/qt7sIEjxem Times have become such for us muslims, that we can’t go to legoland without receiving threats ..smh
— /\ /\/\ /\ /\/ . (@AkSalim1122) March 6, 2014
The Thames Valley Police said that they are still investigating the connection of the threats with the event that was supposedly going to take place in the park. There are no further comments, as the investigation is ongoing.
Last November, the Muslim group also held an event at Legoland’s sister park, the Chessington World of Adventures. The event pushed through without complains and threats, so the company is wondering what made it different this time around.
The park’s cancellation last Sunday was the first time it happened since Legoland opened in 1996. It will reopen for the season on March 14.
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