Alice Weidel cancels visit to the Oxford Union

It follows widespread student anger at the Union's invite to the controversial German politician

Alice Weidel has cancelled her visit to the Oxford Union, following widespread pressure from student groups. 

The leader of the far-right German Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party was due to speak the Union later this month. However, Cherwell understands she has now cancelled the event.

It follows a widespread condemnation of the Union’s invite to Weidel, with Oxford SU, Oxford University Labour Club, and various anti-racist groups writing letters and passing motions of disapproval. There were also plans for protests outside the Union on the day of her fist.

The Oxford Union President, Stephen Horvath, told Cherwell: “Alice Weidel has cancelled her planned trip to the UK next week due to concerns with the security arrangements for aspects of her travel and engagements

“We regret to inform members that she will therefore not be speaking at the Union.”

Last week, Cherwell reported on how The Silk Road Panel of Central Asian ambassadors had to be relocated to a college venue following concerns over “anticipated anti-free speech protests” incited by Weidel’s visit. It is unclear as yet whether the Union will now host the event again.

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