The Injustice At The Heart of Tommy Robinson’s Incarceration
Sofia Rodriguez | @sofiarodriguez_x
10:00 PM GMT, 31st July 2018
The U.K. has recently been highlighted as a warning for the US about the potential impacts of losing the right to freedom of speech and opinion. This has been most prominent through the banning of Lauren Southern and arrests of Count Dankula and Tommy Robinson.
Tommy Robinson (real name: Stephen Yaxley-Lennon) is an English activist who has been a major influence in the exposure of British-Pakistani grooming gangs across the U.K, whom have targeted thousands of girls, mostly of Caucasian racial background or Sikh religious background. He is a working-class man from the town of Luton where mass immigration has caused religious conflict between many. Racial tension has never been prevalent there, however conflict caused by Muslim gangs and child exploitation has left Luton an example of failed ‘multiculturalism’.
Though his manner of speaking is not refined or sophisticated, his passion for helping girls silenced by a complacent police force and government has lead him to being seen as a hero by many. Others label him as racist and as a man who hates all Muslims, despite having friends from all backgrounds and not being opposed to peaceful Muslims who want to live side by side everyone else. The media has twisted his words and lied many times, as they do with people like him.
The cover-ups of these gangs upon the discovery of patterns of background emerged (84% of grooming gang members in the U.K. were found to be of Pakistani origin, a figure found by British-Pakistani researchers) made the police and government look very bad, rightly. Recent information suggests some large scale cases were known by the home office and local police forces since 2002 but were hidden.
I was at school during the May 25th livestream in which Tommy Robinson was arrested for ‘Breaching the Peace’ outside of the Leeds Crown Court. If it had been otherwise then I would have been watching it live along with the 10,000 who were. However, I only found out about his arrest when I got home at 3:30 that afternoon. My friend, who supports Tommy and arrives home a few minutes before me, sent me a message which I read just after stepping inside: ‘Tommy has been arrested’.
When I was told of Tommy’s arrest, my first actions were to open Facebook and see for myself on his page, where the livestream was archive from earlier that day. Initially I watched the section which showed his arrest, and found myself thoroughly confused- it made no sense. So I watched the entire thing, and instead of being enlightened as to the justification of the police’s actions, I was more confused.
Though a blatant disregard for morality and bending of British democratic law to impact political imprisonment was not exactly shocking under the current system, this example did seem too far. It was beyond justifiable. It still is. There was no justification in the imprisonment of Tommy Robinson, and that is clear simply from watching the livestream which recorded the situation, or reading the relevant articles and public court paperwork. There can be instances where law is not entirely clear, however this was not one of those.
Tommy was arrested under the charge of ‘breach of the peace’. The definition of breach of the peace is as follows: a violation of the public peace, as by a riot, disturbance, etc. It is important to consider that the location of the Facebook livestream was outside of the court however was on an almost empty street. There was brief interaction with defendants, within which they threatened Tommy and his family and used obscene language.
However, this is almost irrelevant, as when he was taken to court and given 13 months imprisonment, it was under the charge of ‘contempt of court’. Contempt of court: An act of deliberate disobedience or disregard for the laws, regulations, or decorum of a public authority, such as a court or legislative body.
This changing of charges seems to suggest that the original arrest was not based upon actual wrongdoing, but rather that the police- or those giving them orders – were simply trying to find something to arrest him for. After all, there were 10,000 people watching his livestream at the time, and it was making the police force and judicial system look very poor. Losing blind trust from the public would be dangerous to their mission of complete control over the people and their words and thoughts.
It was stated that Tommy Robinson’s actions- specifically based on information he shared live- could have somehow influenced the judge and hence the outcome of the grooming gang case. Twenty-nine people were on trial for their involvement in child grooming and exploitation in Huddersfield, as well as Bradford, Dewsbury, Dudley, Manchester and Sheffield. Similar trials have been taking place in recent years across Britain.
In the Facebook Livestream, Tommy read out the defendants’ names and charges only, which was information clearly already known for those involved in the trial. It was read outside of the courthouse where nobody inside could hear, and it was the final day of the trial. The jury were deciding verdict close to or at the time.
It is important to mention that the information labelled as having the potential to cause a mistrial came from a BBC article concerning the case from April 12th 2017, a year before this incident took place. Hence, all of it was public for an extended period of time and could have been accessed by jury or others anyway.
The article which Tommy read from:
Following his arrest he was informed that he would not require representation as would not receive prison time, and his team was not informed of his location, even when he was taken into court almost immediately. Then he was sentenced to 13 months in prison.
The first prison in which he was held was HM Hull, which was relatively safe in terms of the threat of him being harmed by radicalised Muslims in the failed British prison system. Upon previous incarceration he was attacked brutally by fellow inmates, which endangered his life. However, Robinson was later moved to HM Onley, onto a main wing alongside a high population of Muslims who were apparently chanting for his murder through the night. This was under the order of Home Secretary Sajid Javid, perhaps due to a bias due to his Muslim background, however this is simply speculation.
For his safety he was moved into solitary confinement which held him in a room for twenty-three and a half hours a day, only leaving for a shower and an ill timed phone call which meant he could not speak to his children.
Worldwide outrage occurred due to Tommy Robinson’s imprisonment, and the government’s attempt to silence him has simply increased recognition and support for him and the issues he highlights. Marches and protests have occurred internationally, from Israel to Australia to the US to across Europe. In London these have been of especially large sizes, with at times tens of thousands of normal people standing up for both Tommy, and the victims of grooming gangs and government cover-ups. Speakers include: Joy Villa, US congressman Paul Goser, UKIP Leader Gerard Batten, and Raheem Kassam.
It is clear that fear is the main factor of his incarceration. The government is afraid that they may be exposed for their lies and coverups, and that the people of the U.K, and those of many other nations around the world may wake up to issues such as Muslim grooming gangs and acknowledge the dangers of mass immigration from countries with despicable morals.
An appeal for the unjust imprisonment of Robinson has recently occurred and the outcome is to be released tomorrow as of this upload (1st August 2018)
Tommy Robinson’s Facebook Page: Tommy Robinson (here a lot of information concerning the arrest and his safety can be found)