Yesterday the new leadership of PEGIDA in the United Kingdom held a press conference to talk about their plans for upcoming events and answer questions from the media.
The new leaders:
Tommy Robinson was a co-founder of the English Defence League, and has spent eleven months in prison on trumped-up politically motivated charges.
Anne Marie Waters is the founder of Sharia Watch UK and a former UKIP candidate for Parliament.
During the question and answer period after the leaders’ statements, Tommy was asked about the likely response of the authorities to the launch of PEGIDA UK. It’s only been one day since then, but we already know what the response will be: Tommy is facing arrest. Or, more accurately, re-arrest.
The last time Tommy was in prison, a Somali inmate tried to attack him with boiling water. Tommy was charged for his response to that attempt (he fought back), but the charges were later dropped.
Now those charges are being revived. According to The International Business Times:
Tommy Robinson: PEGIDA UK Figurehead ‘To be Charged With Assault’ Days After Launch of Anti-Islam Group
Tommy Robinson says he expects to be charged with common assault in the coming days after claiming to have been told by officers he had to present himself at Luton Police Station. The former leader of the far-right English Defence League (EDL) — who launched the UK branch of European anti-Islam protest group Pegida just days ago — was arrested in August on suspicion of attacking a fellow prison inmate, but had originally been told no further action would be taken.
The alleged assault occurred while Robinson was serving his last days in prison for a 2014 conviction of mortgage fraud. He says he acted in “self-defence” after Muslim inmates at Peterborough prison allegedly attacked him with a cup of boiling water containing sugar.
Robinson, 33, revealed to IBTimes UK: “The police told my solicitors I was going to be charged with battery. I was told this allegation was dropped and then two days after the Pegida UK press conference they say I’m going to be charged.
“Whatever this is all about, it’s a complete fabrication. It’s all to do with that press conference. The amount of stupid things they’ve arrested me for in the past, it’s ridiculous.”
Hat tip: Vlad Tepes.
For links to previous articles about PEGIDA (Patriotische Europäer Gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes, Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the West) and related movements, see the PEGIDA Archives.