2018-03-12 20:29:26 UTC
Two Free Speech Activists Released After 72 Hour Detention By British
Authorities for "Incorrect Thoughts".
I was waiting to see where this story went, and to hear first-hand from the
two people arrested and detained in British prison for daring to want to
interview Tommy Robinson, before coming to a conclusion. In essence two
people were stopped, arrested and detained in U.K. prison for having
incorrect thoughts as defined by the British government.
The story was such an Orwellian outline; my initial skepticism told me there
had to be more to these second and third-hand accounts. Alas, unfortunately
the facts are as disturbing as initially outlined.
Austrian political activist Martin Sellner belongs to a group called
Génération Identitaire, a national political group who advocate for national
identity. Mr. Sellner's girlfriend is an American author and 'YouTuber'
named Brittany Pettibone. They were stopped from entering England by
British authorities because they were going to interview a British
nationalist called Tommy Robinson.
Being stopped from being allowed to interview Tommy Robinson, a person who
has not committed any crime and is in all other aspects a free citizen, is
bad enough; however, what is exponentially worse is that U.K. authorities
forcibly separated Mr. Sellner and Ms. Pettibone and imprisoned them - while
admitting their incarceration was entirely because they were going to speak
Think about that.
Martin & I were denied entry to the U.K. & held in a detention facility
because 1.) I intended to interview "far right leader", Tommy Robinson. 2.)
Because Martin intended to give a speech at Speaker's Corner which they
alleged would "incite tensions between local communities".
This is political discrimination, plain and simple. @Martin_Sellner and I
will release a detailed video statement as soon as possible.
Thank you so much to everyone who helped bring attention to this issue. It's
an absolute disgrace for the U.K. We cannot allow such a precedent to be set
in the U.K. or any Western country for that matter.
Lastly, to the U.K. Border Force, I'll be meeting with "far right leader",
Tommy Robinson, for an interview in Vienna this evening. While you can ban
political dissidents from entering/speaking in your country, you can NEVER
ban our ideas. (Ms. Brittany Pettibone via Twitter)