Introduction — May 26, 2018
Citizen journalist and founder of the EDL, Tommy Robinson was arrested Friday while reporting on the trial of a grooming gang in Leeds.
Robinson had been livestreaming reports from outside Leeds Crown Court where gang members were being tried. Or he was until he was approached by police and told to stop. When he protested that he wasn’t breaking any laws he was arrested for allegedly for “breaching the peace.”
‘This is ridiculous, I haven’t said a word. I’ve done nothing,’ Robinson is reported to have said.
— Nick Scanlon (@NickScan92) May 26, 2018
The authorities may have wanted to restrict his activities as a “citizen journalist”. If so his arrest has backfired spectacularly.
The following Saturday afternoon hundreds of protesters gathered in Whitehall demanding Robinson be released. If it reported on the demonstration, and few corporate media outlets did, the media characterised the demonstrators as “far-right protesters“.
However, Robinson was only doing what the corporate media has failed to do in that he was exposing the activities of child grooming gangs, largely comprised of migrants.
By focusing on what the corporate media has largely ignored, Robinson’s also exposed the failings of the legal system to properly pursue justice in regard to these crimes.
Tommy Robinson’s arrested only highlights this and unless the authorities are careful they could find that they are helping to create a political martyr. Ed.
Hundreds of far-right protesters descend on Whitehall after Tommy Robinson arrested for ‘breaching the peace’
Tom Powell — The Evening Standard May 26, 2018
Whitehall had to be closed to traffic as a huge group gathered outside Downing Street on Saturday afternoon, chanting Mr Robinson’s name.
It comes after the founder of the English Defence League was apprehended by police while streaming a Facebook live video outside a grooming trial in Leeds on Friday morning.
In the footage, he can be seen being led to the back of a van and asking “Am I being arrested? I’m ‘causing a breach of the peace’…I’m being arrested for breaching the peace.”