This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge
The arrest, imprisonment, and government-ordered media blackout of UK journalist and activist Tommy Robinson has set off a firestorm of protests around the world.
Free speech advocates and supporters of Robinson’s movement from Melbourne to Berlin came out by the thousands to protest the Friday arrest outside of Leeds Crown Court while Robinson was reporting on a pedophile grooming trial via Facebook livestream. Within six hours of his detention, Robinson was slapped with a 13 month prison term for violating a prior suspended sentence for a similar offense.
“A big police van with about seven police officers pulled up and arrested [Robinson] and told him to stop live streaming,” Robinson’s producer told RT (before their article (archived) was scrubbed from the internet). “They said it was incitement and a breach of the peace.
“No peace has been breached – there were two other people there and he’s been perfectly quiet talking into his phone. [The police] said nothing about the court proceedings. It’s very strange.”
Tommy Robinson has been arrested in Leeds court for reporting on grooming gangs. More updates to follow pic.twitter.com/iEPDoNOKHM
— Caolan Robertson (@CaolanRob) May 25, 2018
Equally as disturbing are the implications of a court-ordered media ban, making it a criminal offense for news outlets operating in the UK to cover Robinson’s arrest and incarceration. In a page straight out of George Orwell’s 1984, several news outlets were forced to pull articles which were published before the ban.
Mass protests broke out following Robinson’s arrest – the largest of which was a crowd of thousands in the UK, demonstrating at the gates of Downing Street to demand the release of the conservative activist.
Is the Mirror’s definition of “hundreds” (https://t.co/NwW1CeWBB1) my definition of “thousands” (pic.twitter.com/F7aPUYNgKl)? Usual sh*t, different day. #FreeTommyRobbinson https://t.co/E4bmOqcJWd
— Joe D’Alessandro (@Concilium_Joe) May 27, 2018
Thousands protest the instant jailing of citizen-journalist Tommy Robinson, while social media goes dark after take-down notices. Is he out of order? Or does he have a point to make on free speech? Interesting Times for the UK. #FreeTommy #citizenjournalist pic.twitter.com/yk5qxCF3zT
— John Leet (@JohnLeetAuthor) May 27, 2018
At least six demonstrations were held across Australia on Sunday in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Free Tommy Robinson protest in Melbourne, Australia.#FreeTommy #FreeTommyRobinson#UK #US #MAGA #svpol #AFD #Dresden #Pegida pic.twitter.com/lqn8cdLy01
— Northern Lion? (@Swede_Watch) May 28, 2018
Hundreds demonstrated in the German cities of Berlin and Dresden, while German MP Petr Bystron has offered Robinson political asylum over concerns for his safety in prison.
“Tommy Robinson is a political prisoner, whose life is in clear and pressing danger. We have to do everything we can to make sure he is granted political asylum,” said the office of conservative German MP Petr Bystron in a Saturday statement provided to the Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks.
Ein guter Tag für Deutschland. Ein Albtraum für die #antifa. Für die #ZukunftDeutschland|s waren heute >5.000 Patrioten auf Berlins Straßen. Die Botschaft ist angekommen: die #AfD gibt unser Land nicht auf. @AfDimBundestag #AfDdemo #AfDwirkt pic.twitter.com/dcToRWOSHa
— Petr Bystron (@PetrBystronAfD) May 27, 2018
Dresden this evening.
German patriots marching for#TommyRobinson#FreeTommy #FreeTommyRobinson #UK #UKIP #MAGA #US #EU pic.twitter.com/tMJ5Aj6O47
— Northern Lion? (@Swede_Watch) May 28, 2018
A crowd even showed up at the British embassy in Tel Aviv:
Tommy Tommy Tommy Tommy Robinson Tel Aviv #FreeTommy pic.twitter.com/NK5FKOpGU1
— ??Dr Brian of London (@brianoflondon) May 28, 2018
Dutch MP Geert Wilders showed up at the British Embassy in The Hague to deliver comments.
“I am here on behalf of millions. Freedom of speech is being violated all over Europe and also in Britain. Restore freedom of speech.” -Geert Wilders, Dutch MP
My statement in front of the British Embassy in The Hague today.
Free Tommy Robinson!
Restore Freedom Of Speech!#TommyRobinson #FreedomOfSpeech #FreeTommy pic.twitter.com/VLq0Xo6xWq
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) May 28, 2018
Wilders penned a letter to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs over the weekend with five questions about Robinson’s situation.
Parliamentary questions to the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs about the arrest and safety of Tommy Robinson.#TommyRobinson #FreeTommy #FreeSpeech pic.twitter.com/4fSq94WoI8
— Geert Wilders (@geertwilderspvv) May 26, 2018
Robinson, 35, rose to fame as a conservative activist and founder of the English Defence League in Luton, Bedfordshire in 2009. After retiring from the party in 2013, Robinson has continued to advocate for British nationalism and against unchecked migration into Europe.
They mean to kill him this time. The British have many talents. Their best talent seems to be treating their own people like shit. And anyone who protests about it. I am so glad we sent them packing. I expect the leftists will take the hint and start doing that here.
This is just one more example of HER MAJESTY’S GOVERNMENT [SARCASM DEFINITELY INTENDED] NOT caring about their own people but go the extra hundred miles to show favoritism towards the muslim scum they allow into their country and have their own way with the British people. Straight out of Nazi Germany. Hitler and Goebbels would be so proud.
The other EU countries also treat citizens like crap, favoring Muslims and looking other way when they commit crimes. Can’t believe so many protested his arrest. I didn’t know the UK and other places over there had that many real men left. So why don’t these men organize and go to war against these Marxist gov. in rest of Europe also? Better hurry as a new Ottoman Empire w/ sharia law soon to be in place and heads will roll big time with slavery for infidels who aren’t killed off.
Because everyone knows, ya don’t bring a knife to a gun fight and knives is all we got… For now.
Sean, agreed. I expect the lefties will try that on me at some point and that’s when I’ll have to either hurt or kill a lefty.
HI Braveheart, long time…
been thinking about this… the ONLY way, is to terminate ALL communists/marxists/socialists/globalists… unfortunately, thinking about this is in terms of kinetic action machines is hopeless, because then you bring in the Police/Nat Guard/ etc…
So the tree must be chopped down fron the top down, then, start over with a term limit of 2-4 years, and no outside money in policial campaigns… forced airtime for (come 1 come all) townhall debates, outlawed political parties, tiered elections…. and then if we get “kick back and violence” let “em have it with DIY-WMD… banks, media, corporate heads, finnancial, then hang politicians from cherry trees and leave ’em there till they are skeletons.
KInda similar to Texas….
Don’t forget Bundy Ranch and never give up your guns.
Good to see some spines and bollocks protesting this travesty.
No second amendment,no freedom! We are holding on to the Republic by a thread.
Yuup, and few turned in their bump stocks in those states outlawing them early this year. Never folks turn in your guns, go down fighting, far better than slavery.
The leftists (commies) here have a pretty good start. I fully expect the next President and congress to be democrats and willing republican neo-cons. You will be forced to fight or die. Or prison.
This is what Tommy Robinson is about: https://youtu.be/6tL5exJg4ms Be prepared to be moved to tears. When ruling elites can swap out “their” populations the way ranchers swap out herds of cows for a more profitable breed, it’s time for a new ruling elite. Or no ruling elite at all. No race should have to experience this gross affront to human dignity.
This is coming to the former USA and very soon unless things get back to the the state of a Republic. That seems harder and harder to imagine at this point though…
The British media are now free to report on Tommy’s unnecessary internment:
This is why an independent free press is essential. Without the power that social media can bring to bear against authority, society, as a whole, is lost.
The power of words can be as persuasive and decisive as the power of guns.
And you will not have the power of the word without the power of the gun
tyranny is tyranny regardless of the country. Robinsons life is in danger if he is put in prison with radical Moslems. That is probably the plan to get rid of him and to provide a warning to others We are at war witn radical islam and with those liberals who support it for what ever reason. the sooner people wake up to this treason and tyranny the better
Maybe Britain needs a revolution like the USA had back in 1776 huh?
We had one 100 years before you guys, our republic lasted 10 years. Maybe if we get to have another go at it, we can be free a little longer than a mere decade?
Another Runnymede. This time, it’s the House of Commons that can be cornered by the people.
What Sean Say may very well be true. But Remember it was G.w.Bush and Company that gave us the Patriot Act.
And successive administrations have kept it going.
JM, Sean is correct. And yes it was Bush Jr. and jew neocon scum who were behind 9/11 and the patriot act.
Hasn’t Canada already gone down this same path? And to a lesser degree so has the U.S. maybe not so much with the Government yet, but definitely on all of the University Campuses. Trekker Out
Pedophiles will be castrated with a dull knife and left to die.
Please don’t blame the EU for your fucking cookies.
I refuse to follow censorship regardless of the source. Can you hear me now, NSA?
This is why the British House of Commons took away every Briton’s guns–so this kind of tyranny could be sprung on them with no fear of reaction from the masses. Pitchforks, however, don’t need to be reloaded!