Right-Wing Activist Lauren Southern ‘Banned’ From Entering Britain
The debate of free speech in the United Kingdom has flared up over the past days as three well-known activists and journalists have been ‘banned’ from entering the country and held in ‘detention centers’ before being deported.
First, right-wing Identitarian Martin Sellner and his girlfriend Brittany Pettibone were barred from entering the country when they were traveling to London.
Then, on Monday, Canadian political commentator and activist Lauren Southern were allegedly also detained.
On her Twitter account, Southern wrote that she was held under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act of 2000, which provides border patrols “specific powers to stop, question and if necessary, detain a person” deemed as a risk for national security.
According to Fox News, Southern was detained for six hours at the Calais, France, border port. The reason for her detention is purported to have been over a poster she distributed about Islam as a social experiment in February that read: “Allah is Gay, Allah is Trans, Allah is Lesbian, Allah is Intersex, Allah is Feminist, Allah is Queer, Allah is All of Us.”
On the other hand, Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone were denied entry over allegedly inciting “racial hatred”. Sellner, the leader of the controversial Identitarian Movement of Austria, had planned to hold a speech at the famous Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park, where open-air public speaking and free discussion is supposedly allowed. Throughout its existence, Speakers’ Corner has been visited by Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, George Orwell, among others.
Pettibone was denied over her plans to interview the former leader of the English Defense League (EDL), Tommy Robinson. Robinson, as a British citizen, has since said that he is prepared to read Sellner’s speech in Speakers’ Corner in the near future.
The activists — all frequent critics of the immigration crisis facing Europe and advocates against radical Islamic terrorism — have pointed out the fact that while the Uk have massive problems related to extremism, they are putting attention at stopping them.
“It’s embarrassing,” Martin Sellner told Tommy Robinson in an interview after returning home to Vienna, “that the British government wants to protect its citizens from ‘dangerous thoughts’ more than from terrorist attacks, trucks and bombs. They are afraid of dissenting opinions.”
During 2017 alone, London experienced five terrorist incidents that killed a total of 36 people. Furthermore, in May 2017 suicide bombing targeted an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester killing 22, with the youngest victim being an eight-year-old girl. And it was only days ago an investigation uncovered British police’s ineffectiveness to stop the alleged sexual exploitation of 1,000 children in the town of Telford.
On Twitter, Pettibone wrote that it is “fascinating that the U.K. Border Force allows so many illegals to slip through the cracks, but it’s suddenly the most competent Border Force in the world when it comes to banning two female conservative independent journalists and an Identitarian activist.”
Controversial British television personality Katie Hopkins added her part to the discussion with saying on Twitter to Tory MP Amber Rudd: “You have detained Lauren Southern in Calais and prevented her from entering the U.K. She is a Christian Conservative. You have sided with Islamists of Luton. You need to make better decisions ma’am.”