Ann Marchini

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Ann Marchini, Credit: United Against Fascism

Ann Marchini is a British buy-to-let property investor and counterjihad activist who is a personal friend of counterjihad activist Paul Weston.


Sunday Times allegations

According to the Sunday Times, she is active in the counterjihad movement under the pseudonyms Gaia and Dominique Devaux.[1]

A lawyer for Marchini gave the following statement to the Sunday Times:

"Ann Marchini does not operate under the alias of either Dominique Devaux or Gaia. She is a member of British Freedom, but joined only to show support for her personal friend Paul Weston [the chairman]."[1]

Other counterjihad activism

Further evidence of Marchini's role in the counterjihad movement is provided by the original version of a Gates of Vienna blogpost which contains a press release from the Center for Vigilant Freedom with Marchini's name and phone number provided as contact details.[2]

Marchini and Christopher Knowles attended an OSCE Human Dimension Implementation meeting in Warsaw in September/October 2009, on behalf of the Center for Vigilant Freedom's International Civil Liberties Alliance. Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff of Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa was also present,[3] as was - according to one source - Edward May who runs the blog Gates of Vienna.[4]

In 2015 she was in a Hyde Park audience which also included former English Defence League (EDL) funder and strategist Alan Ayling (aka Alan Lake) watching a speech by Anne Marie Waters of UKIP and Sharia Watch UK.[4]

British group Hope Not Hate describes Marchini as a millionaire who lives in Highgate, north London and states she provides a connection between funders and counterjihad activists. The group claims she was the person who linked up Germany’s Patrik Brinkmann with Canadian industrialist Bjorn Larsen, leading to the Geert Wilders rally in Berlin in Oct 2010.[4]


External resources



  1. 1.0 1.1 Dipesh Gadher and Robin Henry, Unmasked: wealthy backers behind far-right league, Sunday Times, 11 December 2011, archived at Hope Not Hate.
  2. Dymphna, EUROPEAN ORGANIZATIONS GATHER IN BRUSSELS TO ORGANIZE RESISTANCE TO ISLAMIZATION AND SHARIAH, Gates of Vienna, 19 October 2007, archived at the Internet Archive.
  3. OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting, FINAL LIST OF PARTICIPANTS, Warsaw, 28 September - 9 October 2009, Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, p.209, accessed 13 December 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Hope Not Hate, The Muhammed Cartoons: the counter-jihadist plot to ignite a civil war in Britain, Hope Not Hate, July 2015