Police Fight with Tommy Robinson Protesters

The Tommy Robinson protesters want him freed from prison and the police wanted to block their march.

Tommy Robinson protesters got into a violent conflict with police.

The Daily Mail reports, “Five police officers injured during explosive ‘free Tommy Robinson’ protest.

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Thousands of Tommy Robinson supporters have clashed with police this afternoon during a protest calling for the English Defence League founder to be freed.

Supporters gathered in huge numbers in the capital, chanting ‘Free Tommy Robinson’ just a few miles away from where the Royal Family had gathered on the balcony of Buckingham Palace after celebrating Trooping the Colour just hours before.

Footage on social media shows police being significantly outnumbered by demonstrators, who were seen hurling missiles and smoke bombs at them.

Roads around Trafalgar Square were blocked off and rows of riot police are guarding the road down the Mall leading to the palace.

The protest is the latest in what appears to be a bid to secure the former EDL leader’s release from jail.

Robinson was jailed for 13 months after he used social media to broadcast details of a trial which is subject to blanket reporting restrictions.

Read the full Daily Mail story.

There was also international participation. The Metro reported, “Tommy Robinson supporters hurl missiles at police as far-right rally turns violent.

Far-Right Dutch MP Gert Wilders, 54, who was banned from Britain in 2009 but later had the ban overturned, addressed around 3,000 supporters in Whitehall, saying: ‘I am here to tell you that you will never walk alone. And we are here to tell the world, and the UK Government in particular: “Free Tommy Robinson!”’

Read the full Metro story.

Neither of these two stories even tells you what the trial was about that Robinson was reporting on. Britain truly has no right to free speech. That seems related to the violence since it looks like the police were trying to block what had been a peaceful march.

The claim about Tommy Robinson’s arrest seems problematic. They say the court banned discussion of the trial and Robinson was arrested for violating that order. But, when the police arrested him, they said nothing about a court order that he violated. Robinson seemed completely shocked by his arrest.

The fact that he was jailed for thirteen months (or till he’s killed in prison) the same day as his arrest is frightening. I won’t be surprised though, to hear the same people who ordered the police to abduct a man off the street and put him in a cage now respond to this conflict by denouncing violence.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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