British activist and journalist Tommy Robinson was arrested on Friday for “breaching the peace” and reportedly thrown in jail for 13 months while live streaming to his Facebook page about Muslim grooming gangs outside the Leeds Crown Court.
News of Robinson’s arrest quickly spread across social media and began trending around the world. Those watching Robinson’s stream witnessed the moment the English Defense League founder was surrounded by police officers telling him to stop filming, before placing him inside a police van.
Hours following Robinson’s arrest, it was widely reported by prominent social media users that the conservative activist had been tried, convicted, and sentenced to 13-months in prison within just a few hours of the confrontation with police.
Still filming while being placed under arrest, Robinson said, “I’m being arrested for a breach of the peace. You’ve all watched this. Can you get me a solicitor?”
An officer then replied to Robinson saying, “Do you understand what I’ve just told you? You’ve been arrested on suspicion of causing a breach to the peace.”
During the arrest, Robinson was seen on video arguing that he was exercising his right of free speech and that he was not inciting violence.
Friday’s arrest wasn’t Robinson’s first run in with police in the U.K. and now appears Robinson’s swift jail sentence was the result of the activist being in violation of an existing sentence.
In court documents, Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, admitted committing contempt of court by publishing information that could prejudice an ongoing trial.
In 2017, Robinson, 35, was arrested and given a suspended sentence after found to be in contempt of court for filming other accused Muslim grooming gang members outside of a courthouse in Canterbury.
The activist from Luton’s work is focused on exposing the Islamification of the West, which has made him a target in the U.K. where police and government officials enforce strict policies against “hate speech,” effectively making any criticism of Islam or Muslims a crime punishable by arrest and imprisonment.
Late last year, Robinson was permanently suspended from Twitter.
In an Orwellian nightmare of the highest order, and full blown assault on freedom of the press, journalists across the world from several publications including RT, The Mirror, Breitbart News, and the Daily Record have been deleting or redacting reports about Robinson’s sentence due to a media gag order in the U.K.
The order prevents reporters from disseminating any information regarding Robinson’s arrest and sentence.
The court order, issued immediately following his arrest, “imposes potential criminal liability on media organisations, journalists, or editors who breach it,” according to Judiciary College.
Tens of thousands of people marched to 10 Downing Street in central London over the weekend to protest Robinson’s arrest. Protesters were seen holding signs that read #FreeTommy and waving Union Jack flags while calling for Robinson to be released. Protestors also took to the streets in other cities like Tel Aviv over the weekend and further demonstrations are planned in multiple cities, including outside the British Consulate in New York.
Many of Robinson’s friends and supporters have insisted his life will be in grave danger inside the U.K. prison system, and fear he won’t survive being incarcerated for over a year.
Multiple news agencies in the U.K. have reported on Muslims forming powerful gangs inside British prisons. Across the West many of the most extreme Islamists were converted to radical ideologies while being incarcerated.
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