The case of British right-wing extremist activist Tommy Robinson has been spreading around the world since Friday, with hashtag #FreeTommy moving from Australia to the US among its supporters
The right-wing activist was arrested and detained Friday before a controversial trial in northern England. Hundreds have since settled in London's streets, thousands have signed a petition calling for his release, and several high-profile Americans, including actress Roseanne Barr, have tweeted their support for him.
The following must be known about the case:
Who is Tommy Robinson?
Tommy Robinson is the pseudonym of Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, a right-wing extremist activist in the UK, who founded a group called the English Defense League in 2009 to counteract what she called "Islamism" in the UK also a British section of the German anti-Islam group Pegida in 201
He is active in the global far-right, writing and sending for the Canadian right-wing Rebel Media and his arrest on Friday for suspecting peace in a court in Breaking Britain drew protest tweets from right-wing activists and commentators around the world.
Actor James Woods tweeted on Saturday requesting information about Robinson's arrest and Roseanne Barr responded, "He tried to report on rape gangs protected in the UK and he has just been arrested, which is a death sentence it's sick pedo sh-t [sic] "
Donald Trump Jr., the US President's oldest son, also tweeted about Robinson's arrest:
Robinson was trialed outside Yorkshire, in northern England, has been sentenced to 13 months in prison for defying the court, according to The Independent, who was only able to announce the verdict on Tuesday after a judge lifted a ban on reporting Robinson's case
Why was he in contempt?
The law in England and Wales restricts what can be reported during the court hearings to avoid bias against a jury, and in this case the media was forbidden to report any details. The case focuses on rape and human trafficking charges against 29 defendants and has attracted considerable attention from right-wing activists.
On Friday, Robinson filmed a Facebook Live video in Leeds Crown court in the north of England while the defendants filed. After reporting about the live stream, which lasted about an hour, Robinson tried to confront defendants entering the courthouse and talk about the details of the trial. He was arrested for violating the peace and taken away by the police.
By filming the defendants and discussing details of the lawsuit while broadcasting via a livestream, Robinson broke the court-ordered media restriction. Since he was serving a probationary sentence outside of another trial last May, he was detained for 13 months.
In the United States, reporting on ongoing processes is usually protected by the first amendment.
Why was the arrest worldwide respected?
The news that Robinson had been sentenced to prison was shared on social media throughout the weekend, and protests from his supporters in London called for his release, hundreds of people outside Downing Street Street, Chants "shame about you." However, it was not until Tuesday that it was the media that could report Robinson's verdict due to a reporting restriction that was introduced for fear of influencing the process, with Robinson running live outdoors. 19659006] Many have painted Robinson's arrest as anti-free speech, with some high-ranking rights that tell him news with Gandhi. A video about the protests in the UK has been widely circulated on social media, as well as footage of supporters with minor sympathy protests in Australia, Tel Aviv, and Germany.
Robinson has become known to him in the global right-wing extremist movement Protests against what he calls "the Islamization of our countries" and his recent arrest have led to sympathetic reactions from far-right groups in the US, including Alex Jones & # 39; ; Info Wars.
In Europe, several far-right politicians criticized Robinson's imprisonment, with Geert Wilders, leader of the Dutch anti-Islam Freedom Party, Britain comparing it to Saudi Arabia and German legislator Petr Bystron from the far-right alternative to Germany, wanted to help Robinson seek asylum to get as a "political prisoner".
Supporters in the UK also posted an online petition titled "Free Tommy Robinson" with descriptions in eight languages - English, French, Spanish, German, Italian, Polish, Czech, and Russian. At the time of writing, it had reached 470,494 signatures with a target of 500,000.