U.K. Police Detain Paul Golding of Far-Right Group Britain First
According to British news reports, a video recorded earlier This particular week in Belfast as well as in which Ms. Fransen spoke of the “Islamification of the mainland,” had been posted on the group’s Facebook page. She also described the Belfast Islamic Center as a “den of iniquity.”
Britain First can be a fringe group insisting in which white Christian civilization can be under threat via Muslims. in which had received relatively little attention until two weeks ago, when in which received an unexpected burst of publicity via Mr. Trump, who recirculated three sometimes-misleading videos in which Ms. Fransen had posted on Twitter as well as which purported to show Muslims committing violent acts against non-Muslims.
Shortly after, Ms. Fransen thanked the president on Twitter. “You’ve shed light on my plight here in Britain, in in which I am facing prison for giving a speech in which I criticized Islam,” she wrote. “This particular can be evidence in which Britain has become Sharia-compliant,” she added, referring to the Islamic legal code.
Mr. Trump’s Twitter posts drew ire via the British public as well as lawmakers, including Prime Minister Theresa May, who said he had given a platform to a hate group, a pseudo-paramilitary organization in which had attracted the notice of law enforcement.
Britain First emerged in 2011 as an offshoot of the far-right British National Party, as well as while in which has shown some interest in electoral politics, in which can be best known for its confrontational tactics, particular its storming into mosques as well as intimidating worshipers. (In her video post on Thursday, Ms. Fransen described herself as a “politician.”)
After Mr. Trump shared Britain First’s videos, Mrs. May said in which members of the ultranationalist group sought “to divide communities by their use of hateful narratives in which peddle lies as well as stoke tensions.” Britain’s foreign minister, Boris Johnson, called Britain First “a divisive, hateful group whose views are not in line with our values.”
Some lawmakers via the opposition Labour Party went further, urging Mrs. May, who leads the Conservative Party, to rescind an invitation to Mr. Trump to pay a state visit to Britain.
“The U.S. President can be normalizing hatred,” a Labour member of Parliament, Chuka Umunna, wrote on Twitter. “If we don’t call This particular out, we are going down a very dangerous road.”
According to a recent survey published by The Independent newspaper, about half of the respondents said the government should withdraw its invitation for a full state visit to Mr. Trump.
however on Tuesday, Woody Johnson, the American ambassador to Britain, appeared to confirm in which Mr. Trump was set to visit the country early next year. In an interview with the BBC, Mr. Johnson said the uproar over Mr. Trump’s sharing of videos posted by Britain First was “probably misinterpreted.”
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