englishdefenceleague 28 November 2012
It was a miserable Saturday afternoon in November, but still they came. On 24th November around 200 EDL supporters gathered outside Wandsworth prison in south London to protest the continued detention of EDL Leader Tommy Robinson. Self-styled anti-fascist groups had threatened to disrupt the demonstration, but luckily none of them bothered to turn up. Its amazing what a little rain can do.
After over a month in prison, its no wonder EDL supporters are asking why someone who has dedicated himself to standing up against extremism is being victimised in this way.
Qatada was bailed, but Tommy is jailed.
There can be no justification for Tommys treatment. Kept in solitary confinement for his own protection and facing the prospect of being unable to celebrate Christmas without his family, hes been forced to sacrifice a great deal.
But why is he being treated in this way?
He clearly poses no threat to the public and would rather face his accusers than seek to evade justice. Evidently there are some who would rather Tommy and the EDL did not have a public platform, who would rather we did not make criticisms that are inconvenient or cause them embarrassment.
Perhaps that explains why there has been so little press coverage of Tommys situation. They know its indefensible, so theyd rather pretend it isnt happening.
Weve seen that sort of tendency before its exactly how many in government and in the media feel about Islamic extremism. Ignore the problem, demonise those who protest about your inaction, and maybe itll just go away.
Well it wont. And neither will we.
A lot has been going on. Joint EDL Leader Kevin Carroll appeared on Canadian television to discuss Tommys case, whilst our friends over at British Freedom have begun a petition to free Tommy (please go and S I G N it H E R E ).
To truly make November 24th Free Tommy Day, demonstrations were held across Europe, whilst European Defence Leagues changed their website banners to show their support for Tommy.
Tommy could hear the crowd from his cell and is thankful to everyone who found a way to show their support.
But theres still more to do. His case is still being ignored, so we need everyone to do what they can to get the word out.
A new website, freetommy.info , has been founded to help continue the campaign for Tommys freedom and updates will be posted here periodically.
Weve long warned of the dangers of a two-tier system, where those who dont have the right views are denied equal treatment under the law and subjected to politically motivated persecution (or prosecution) by those who appear to have no problem abusing their positions of power.
So at a time when theres a lot of popular anger at the treatment of UKIP supporters by a fanatical (and unapologetic) civil servant, spare a thought for Tommy. He, like them, is the victim of a politically correct establishment that thinks little of violating the rights and freedoms that the EDL has always fought to defend.
Our demonstrations will continue, our campaigning will continue. But as the demonstrators in London said quite simply, first, "we want our Tommy back. (continue reading...)