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Ipswich woman charged for racist tirade on Facebook

A 22-year-old Ipswich woman will face court next month, after she allegedly delivered a racist tirade against Human rights activist Mariam Veiszadeh on Facebook.

The Canberra lawyer is a "Muslim Australian woman who proudly wears her hijab daily", reports Fairfax.

Ms Veiszadeh became a target of abuse after she rallied against a Woolworths supermarket in Cairns selling a singlet with the Australian flag and the slogan, "Love it or leave".

When an anti-Islam group, the Australian Defence League,  re-posted her comments to their 5000 followers on Facebook, a torrent of racism, crude taunts and swearing followed.

The Ipswich woman allegedly found a Facebook post by Ms Veiszadeh that was not locked to her friends only, and went on the attack.

Fairfax reports the comments - under the Ipswich woman's name - were "riddled with expletives, referred to Ms Veiszadeh as a whore, a prostitute and a rag-head and urged her to return to her 'sand-dune country'."

Human rights activist Mariam Veiszadeh published an image of the abuse she allegedly received from an Ipswich woman, relieved that charges have now been laid
Human rights activist Mariam Veiszadeh published an image of the abuse she allegedly received from an Ipswich woman, relieved that charges have now been laid

Ms Veiszadeh, 30, has lived in Australia since she was seven, arriving with her family from Afghanistan.

Ms Veiszadeh said while Australia often proved itself to be a nation of tolerance - including through the #illridewithyou social media campaign following the Sydney Siege - this woman was a part of the community fanning flames of bigotry.

"This person was happy to abuse me, using her real identity, which more than holds her accountable," she alleged of the Ipswich woman.

"She's incredibly young, which means this attitude is going to carry through.

"It's a really disturbing reflection on the views some people in society hold."

Ms Veiszdeh said she also blames the Australian Defence League for inciting hatred against her.

Fairfax reports the Ipswich woman has now been charged with using the internet to harass or menace, but not for religious or racial abuse.

The woman is to face Ipswich Magistrates Court on March 11

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