Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League, was beaten up in prison this past week. He was reportedly bloodied and bruised, but had no broken bones.
Putting Tommy inside with violent Muslim criminals is a blatant move to have him killed. Now that he is seen as a “turncoat” by some in the EDL, arranging to have him put down while in prison may be an appealing solution for the Powers That Be in Britain. A year or two ago this could not have been attempted — Tommy’s profile was such that street uprisings could have been expected had anything happened to him. But today things are different.
Tommy knew what the risks were when he took up this line of work, but he did it anyway. That’s what makes him a hero.
Regardless of what you think of the EDL, regardless of whether the Quilliam Foundation are sincere or a bunch of taqiyya-mongers, regardless of whether Tommy was stitched up or not: Tommy Robinson is a hero of the British Counterjihad.
For that reason he deserves our unqualified support. The only way we can have any chance of protecting him in prison is to spread the story of what is being done to him as widely as possible. You all can make it happen by copying or excerpting from this post and propagating it on Twitter, Facebook, forums, websites, letters to the editor, and any other available means of communication.
Tommy’s cousin Kevin Carroll sent out this appeal today:
Following on from the recent attack in Woodhill Prison, which is being played down by the authorities, Kev would like to assure all Tommy’s supporters that he and the team are actively pursuing this attack.
Quilliam, Usama Hasan and Maajid Nawaz are also supporting Tommy through his time in Prison and have written to the Lord Justice and Secretary of State [pdf]. Please be respectful to Quilliam as they are concerned over the amount of abuse that they are unnecessarily receiving.
We won’t forget Tommy and will work hard on his behalf.
I received the following messages this morning from an EDL source:
Tommy is now at Winchester, which I thought was a Cat C, but was he told be today it is a Cat B and isn’t really much better. He is in the Reception wing and already has had 8 Somali muzzies come up to his cell demanding to know if he is Tommy Robinson from the EDL and making threats. The guards don’t seem interested at all.
Please do anything you can to highlight his plight, as I’m convinced he is a marked man and the authorities know it.
Q: Can you give us a little more information for public release about what happened in Woodhill?
Tommy had been on a legal visit and was returning to his cell, but instead of taking him straight there they put him in a holding room, locked the door and went off.
There were four Muslim converts in there, that’s what Tommy said anyway. I don’t know how he knows for sure, but deffo muzzies anyway. One of them he had already had a run-in with in the visiting hall the previous week as they sat his wife and the kids next to his table. Then when they brought Tommy out the muzzie kicked off and his wife and the kids had to be taken out whilst they found somewhere else, and that really upset her and the kids.
Anyway, the muzzies saw him in the room and started mouthing off about what they were going to do to him. You know our Tommy, he won’t back down, and they started on him. He had black eyes, bloody nose and sore neck as one of them seemed intent on trying to rip his head from his body. The guards came back and took him to the medical wing. They are lying about it now, as Tommy has been charged with having a fight, but previously they said he was attacked and had it all on CCTV, but now the CCTV apparently isn’t working. They also reported it to his brief and the probation person as an attack.
Also his brother-in-law was at the same prison. Although they no longer shared the same cell, he was there when Tommy left for his legal visit, and when Tommy got back on the wing he found out that whilst all this had been going on his brother-in-law had been moved to another gaol. Call me suspicious, but it sounds like a stitch up to me.
Readers who wish to send support and encouragement to Tommy may write to him at the following address:
Steven Yaxley Lennon (A2084CG)
Below is the text of the letter from Maajid Nawaz at the Quilliam Foundation:
The Right Honourable The Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice
London SW1E 5DU
6th February 2014
Dear Lord Chancellor,
I write to highlight the situation of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, currently incarcerated in HMP Woodhill. We are concerned for his wellbeing following reports of physical violence against him by other prisoners while in the holding bay following a legal visit. I ask if his situation may be reviewed given the physical threat against him, heightened because of his high profile and former affiliations to the English Defence League (EDL).
Having facilitated Stephen’s departure from the EDL in 2013, we continued to provide support and training for him, address his grievances, and tackle the ideology and narrative of extremism up to the point of his sentencing. We did this in the interests of community cohesion as we recognised his importance to the EDL, believe Britain is safer without the group, and identify that a peaceful, human-rights based civil society approach is the best way to counter extremism of all kinds. However, we recognise that the process with Stephen, with the EDL, and with extremism in general is yet to be completed.
Given the short time frame between Stephen’s departure from the EDL and his incarceration for an unrelated criminal offence, he is still associated with his former views and affiliated to the group he used to lead in the public consciousness. For this reason, he is particularly vulnerable to physical violence from fellow prisoners. Likewise, we feel that he is ideologically vulnerable as his perceived grievances against the state and against his attackers could increase. Moreover, should the physical violence against him escalate and he were murdered, we fear a nationwide sectarian and violent response from his supporters.
We believe that all prisoners are owed a duty of care, which, in Stephen’s case, may not be sufficiently upheld if he continues to be treated in the current way. Moreover, we think that leaving an extremist organisation should not go unsupported and think that HMP Woodhill should make provision in Stephen’s case not to do more harm than good as part of its general rehabilitative responsibilities. Finally, it is in the public interest and in the interest of national social cohesion that Stephen’s rehabilitation and move away from the EDL is allowed to continue throughout his incarceration and beyond.
If you would like to discuss this further, please contact my office on 0207 182 7280.
Chairman & Co-Founder
The pdf of the full letter is available here.
The International Business Times published an account of what happened to Tommy in Woodhill:
English Defence League founder Tommy Robinson has been beaten up inside prison.
IBTimes UK understands that the ex-leader of the far-right group was attacked by up to three men inside HMP Woodhill.
The 31-year-old father-of-three sustained bloody injuries to his face but no broken bones.
Robinson was verbally threatened before the attack which was the first assault since he was convicted of mortgage fraud in January. Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley Lennon, is serving 18 months at Woodhill in Milton Keynes.
A source close to Robinson told IBTimes UK: “They gave him a pasting.
“He was being taken for a legal visit and was then put in a room with these guys. The door was locked and the warders all disappeared.
“He has quite a few injuries to his face and neck and needed two visits to the medical wing.”
The source said his attackers were Muslim prisoners but that could not be verified.
Robinson suspects the situation was engineered by the warders because of the obvious threat posed to him by opponents of the EDL. He fears he is a marked man inside the category A prison.
The source said: “Tommy feels it was done deliberately and the warders are not exercising the duty of care to him.”
At his sentencing, Robinson’s lawyer Charles Sherrard QC said the defendant was at risk from attack in prison by Muslim inmates and disgruntled EDL supporters who bore a grudge for leaving the movement last year.
It is understood that Robinson is locked up in the prison’s reception wing and was resisting attempts by the authorities to transfer him to the main wing because he feared being attacked by Muslim inmates.
The source agreed: “He would be dead if he went there. The authorities do not seem to be interested in his care. He’s been verbally threatened previously.”
Robinson founded the EDL against Islamic fundamentalism in 2009 and the movement remained controversial ever since for violence and racism. He quit the group after admitting that it had been overrun by far right extremists.
A Ministry of Justice spokeswomen said: “A prisoner has been treated for minor injuries following an incident at HMP Woodhill on Wednesday 5 February.
“Violence in prison is not tolerated — anyone who commits an act of violence in prison will face the consequences.”
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