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On Friday 9th March 2018, Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone of Generation Identity were detained at Luton Airport by authorities for reportedly “causing tension between local communities” and “inciting hatred” despite no crime being committed.

Sellner flew to the UK on Friday to give a speech at Speakers Corner in London, an area which claims to be open for public discussion and debate but this no longer seems to be the case.Authorities deemed  Sellner to be such a threat to public safety with his speech they detained him on arrival to the UK without any foreknowledge of the contents of said speech. Ironic it is that the speech in question was on the topic of free speech, which we have now seen the proof as being too controversial a topic for Britain to countenance.

Lauren Southern revealed that she has been in contact with Brittany Pettibone while in detention. Brittany explained how the police have detained both of them separately on the fact they have “right-wing opinions” and was planning to meet Tommy Robinson to conduct an interview.

This is an dangerous sentiment by the British government who claim they enforce liberty and freedom unless you hold right-wing beliefs, it would seem. The authorities went as far to call Tommy Robinson an "extremist" according to a tweet by Caolan Robertson.

How did the police make that assessment? For criticising Islam? A belief system that has the right to be criticised like any other. Would someone be arrested for debating the ideas of Christianity? I doubt it, yet here we are; it would seem the UK will go as far as detaining two activists for questioning an ideology. Remember at the time of detention Sellner and Pettibone had yet to even leave the airport, no crime had been committed other than thinking the wrong things.

It becomes even more terrifying that in 2017 it was reported that 400 Jihadi fighters for ISIS had returned to the UK unopposed. These are terrorists who fought against our armed forces and have a pure hatred for anyone who isn’t them, welcomed back without question. It seems we’ve come to the point where literal terror threats have no problem entering the UK yet the people opposing them such as Sellner and Pettibone are prevented from talking, or even thinking about it.

If it wasn’t obvious before, it is now, the British people are living in a dystopian nightmare, George Orwell in 1984 said “Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” and this couldn’t be any more relevant than it is today.

Unlike the US, the UK has no freedom of speech, rather a freedom of expression given via article 10 of the Human Rights Act. The core element of freedom of expression is that anyone can express their views out loud in a demonstration against what they see as a wrong-doing.

The Equality and Human Rights website states:

“This right is particularly important for journalists and other people working in the media. They must be free to criticise the government and our public institutions without fear of prosecution – this is a vital feature of a democratic society. But that doesn't prevent the state from imposing restrictions on the media in order to protect other human rights, such as a person's right to respect for their private life.”

If this is the case, why was Pettibone detained for planning an interview with Tommy Robinson? I highly doubt the interview was going to interfere with anyone’s private life rather discuss the religious ideas of Islam which in itself isn’t against the law. Likes of Richard Dawkins have been challenging the belief systems of religion for years it’s only since the made-up term of “Islamophobia” has it become ‘law-breaking’ to discuss Islam. No other religion has the same amount of protection against debate like Islam does.

The British government is laughably out of touch with ordinary British people, in a survey conducted by the BBC of 4000 people, 52% saw Islam as a ‘threat to the west’ and 42% were suspicious of Islam. And how can anyone blame them? Only today has the full realization of the Telford grooming gangs been uncovered, over a 1000 young children drugged, raped and abused and even murdered, 90% of the perpetrators being Muslim. This is all in addition to the Rochdale, Newcastle, and Rotherham grooming gangs to name a few. With the majority of the suspects following the teachings of Islam, why shouldn’t the religion be under close scrutiny and debate? People look towards Tommy Robinson as someone who talks about the real problems people have in areas which the government has dearly neglected. The decision to prevent Pettibone from interviewing Tommy Robinson on these issues is the start of a dangerous road to prevent and silence any real rational discussion.

Despite Sellner and Pettibone's detention, the UK Generation Identity group still planned to go ahead with his speech at speaker’s corner on Sunday 11th March 2018.

Josh M

by Josh M

United Kingdom