Video: Shame on the British Government!

Gates of Vienna - 29 November 2012

Here is a subtitled video of Alain Wagner’s speech in Paris last Saturday (November 24, 2012) condemning the British government’s political persecution of Tommy Robinson.

The occasion was a demonstration in solidarity with Tommy in front of the statue of Sir Winston Churchill, with several different anti-sharia organizations in attendance.

A translated transcript is below, followed by the original French:

Hello and thank you for coming.

We are gathered here to talk about Tommy Robinson, an advocate of human rights who denounces Sharia law in his country and the fact that political activists and religious leaders threaten the safety of their citizens, the security of their country, and at the same time the security of democracy, freedom of expression, to which we are all committed.

We are here to say that the British government is unworthy of a democratic country, and violates the freedom of expression of its citizens, locked them up in prison to prevent them from telling the truth, lock them up in prison in violation of the basic rights of citizens in the EU.

Today in Britain, Human rights are violated. Shame to Britain ! The country of Democracy, of the Parliament, which now behaves as a country of the communist era. And throw in prison people who have done nothing but expressing themselves, giving their opinions on what is right, which is part of human rights, and thus locking people up for crimes of opinion, in isolation in harsh conditions, while at the same time they release terrorists. Tommy Robinson is a political prisoner. Today, in a democratic country we have political prisoners. We are here to show our support and say to the British government: "we know what you’re doing”. Britain is a country that has signed international agreements. This is Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights signed by Britain. This is an international treaty that Britain is required to comply with. Everyone has the right to freedom of expression. This right includes freedom to express opinions and freedom to receive and impart information and ideas, without any interference from a public authority.

This was signed by Britain. Britain violates treaties that it has signed. Britain has lost its democratic legitimacy. Today a citizen can express his opinion as long as he does not call for violence. Tommy Robinson has always demonstrated peacefully. His organization always has been attacked by fascist activists. And it is Tommy Robinson who is locked up in jail! Shame on the British government, shame on Britain, shame on Europe !Today, democracy is no longer supported by our governments, and at any rate, not by the British government. It must return to reason, and we are here to shame the government that is unworthy of a democratic state, and violates human rights European citizens concerned with human rights and freedom are beginning to mobilize across Europe. What happens in Britain is a mechanism which is being implemented throughout Europe under the leadership of foreign organizations such as the OIC, seeking to restrict the right to freedom of expression. Some countries resist some do not resist. Britain clearly has bowed to pressure. And today we are going to send a message to Britain

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Shame on you, Britain, for violating the rights of your citizens, violating of the fundamental rights of democracy and freedom of expression. Shame on them!

We know what they are doing; we show it today and will continue to show it as long as Tommy Robinson has not been released and has not regained the right to free speech, the inalienable right of each European citizen. We will continue to support and defend him. Governments cannot silence the defenders of freedom. We will make communications to the British Embassy; on a diplomatic level we will bring up the issue of Tommy Robinson at international forums such as the OSCE and the Council of Human Rights at the UN in Geneva. We will point out our finger to the British government and shame them and especially force them to respect what they are supposed to do, defend Human rights, something they are clearly not doing today.

Original French: (continue reading...)