An American journalist has been detained without cause for three days in North Korea…Just kidding! This happened in England.
Brittany Pettibone, an independent journalist, was traveling to England with her boyfriend, Martin Sellner, an Austrian right-wing activist, when things went awry. Sellner was set to give a speech while Pettibone planned to interview British political activist Tommy Robinson.
Shortly after landing in England, the couple was halted at passport control and taken to a detention center where they would spend the next three days completely cut off from each other, save for a few visits.
Robinson tweeted the official statement Pettibone received from the Home Office, claiming Pettibone’s “activities whilst in the United Kingdom bear a serious threat to the fundamental interests of society.”
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Then, taking to Twitter 24 hours after being released, Pettibone revealed Canadian journalist Lauren Southern had also been denied entry into the country and was being placed in detention while attempting to enter the UK via bus. Southern was informed that she was not going to be allowed to enter the UK due to “racism.”
Southern took to Twitter and announced she was being investigated by U.K. authorities under “schedule 7 (terrorism act) because of alleged racism,” she wrote.
Southern also claimed afterwards that she was asked about her religious beliefs and how she felt about “running over muslims with cars.”
UPDATE: Looks like the border police aren’t allowing @Lauren_Southern to enter the U.K. by bus. Does this mean conservatives are no longer welcome in the U.K.?
Investigated me under schedule 7 (terrorism act) because of alleged racism. At least they let me identify as Pakistani on my report lol. Still being held by police.
I’m not kidding about this, but during my questioning by the UK police… I was asked about my Christianity and whether I’m a radical. I was also asked how I feel about running Muslims over with cars.
Southern was released more quickly than Pettibone and Sellner and was told that she would not be allowed to re-enter England, she says.
They just locked me out and said “au revoir”… Officially banned from UK for “racism”.. doing fine though, all the cool people are being banned anyway ? Need to gather my thoughts and call family. Interrogation story is pretty crazy though. Will tell it soon.
After being deported back to Austria, Pettibone sat down with Tommy Robinson, this time herself being the subject of discussion. While describing the ordeal, Pettibone mentioned that some of the border patrol staff were actually right-wing, but too scared to mention anything. According to Pettibone, one of the staff shed some insight on the U.K.’s free speech problem.
“The British people…we just suffer in silence. It’s just how we are,” the staff member allegedly told her.
Pettibone responded, “If you have cancer, you don’t suffer in silence, because it’s only going to get worse.”
The two join prominent conservatives Pamela Geller and Robert Spencer, both staunch critics of radical Islam, who’ve also been banned from entering the U.K.
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