Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a.k.a. Tommy Robinson, is the joint vice-chairman of the British Freedom Party. The following article, which appeared earlier today at the British Freedom website, describes some of the ongoing official harassment that Mr. Lennon is forced to endure virtually every day.
Political Imprisonment in Britain, 2012
Following British Freedom’s recent public meeting in Yeovil, party co-Vice Chairman Stephen Lennon was arrested by police for entering a kebab shop. He recounted the sequence of events in his speech at the European Parliament:
[I] came out of the meeting, I was walking, police officer pulled up. “I’m arresting you on suspicion of drunk and disorderly.”
“I’m not drunk. Okay? You can’t arrest me for drunk and disorderly.”
We get down to the police station, I start my breathalyser. I’m not drunk. Eleven o’clock in the morning, the next day comes, they then rearrest me on suspicion of racially-aggravated public order. I’m held for another twelve hours. I said, “Why are you arresting me?”
They said, “Did you go to the Muslim kebab shop? Did you go in that Muslim kebab shop?”
I said, “Yeah. I went in there. My mate was in there”.
“Well, what happened in there?”
“Nothing happened in there.”
“Well, we need to investigate whether something happened in there.”
I said, “So no one’s actually telling you something happened”.
They held me for twelve hours until they could contact the kebab shop owner to see if I’d done anything…. I spent twenty-four hours in the cells. I’m then released.
Maliciously entering a kebab shop? It sounds absurd, but it’s no joking matter when a citizen can be arrested and imprisoned simply for going into a take-away restaurant to greet a friend.
- had the doors of his home kicked down by police
- been interrogated by Special Branch over £30 worth of damage to a hotel room (the charge was later dropped)
- been arrested with his wife, in front of their children, on a bogus charge of ‘money laundering’
- had 15 police descend on his parent’s home
- had his financial assets frozen
- seen the seizure of computers and phones from his parents’ home
- had police question his grandmother and cousin
- been arrested and incarcerated for entering the abovementioned kebab shop.
As a catalogue of harassment and intimidation by politically motivated police, all this wouldn’t look out of place in a Stasi interrogator’s log book. But it’s happening here, in supposedly democratic Britain, in 2012.
Its purpose, of course, is to silence political dissent on the issue of Islamic extremism. Too afraid to deal with the problem itself (for the violent Muslim backlash it might bring) officialdom instead turns its wrath and frustration on the messenger, one who sees clearer than most the danger our society is in.
There is one sure-fire way to stop these abuses, and that is for others to follow Stephen’s courageous example, to get up and speak the truth, whenever and wherever they can. The state can bully one man, or ten, or a hundred, but it cannot bully hundreds of thousands into silence. To quote again from Stephen’s Brussels speech, “… the next generation… will never forgive us if we stand by and do nothing”.
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