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Brits arrested for online comments while jihadis roam free

The aftermath of the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, England, May 22, 2017.

The aftermath of the suicide bomb attack in Manchester, England, May 22, 2017.

By Liam Clancy

WASHINGTON – Following the savage terror attack by Muslims in London in which eight people were killed and another 48 wounded, British police made 25 arrests for “hate crimes.”

Meanwhile, 12 potential terrorists arrested in connection with the London attack and 22 arrested in connection with the Manchester attack last month were released without charge.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

London Mayor Sadiq Khan

Last week, London’s Metropolitan Police Service tweeted a response to Sadiq Khan, London’s Muslim mayor, agreeing with him that the religion of Islam had nothing to do with the attacks.

“We will not tolerate hate crime against anyone. If you are a victim of hate crime please report it to your local police as soon as possible,” London police said.

Police in Cheshire, a county in northwest England, tweeted: “Hate crime can take many forms including verbal or online abuse on social media. If you see it, report it.”

Those arrested for hate speech face “large fines or up to two years in prison if your message is deemed to have broken the law,” according to police.

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The London Guardian illustrated the kind of speech that is regarded as a “hate crime,” reporting the Sutton Islamic center in south London “suffered a graffiti attack that read: ‘Terrorise your own country.’”

After the Manchester attack May 22, an “anti-racist group” held a rally in protest of a “bacon hate crime” in which strips of bacon were left on four car windshields outside a mosque in Cambridge, England. A 19-year-old man was arrested in connection to the incident.

Pamela Geller, editor-in-chief of The Geller Report and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, asserts Britain’s priorities are upside down.

“As jihad roils the U.K. and streets are awash in blood, the British government springs into action not against the Jihadis, but against those who might insult jihadis,” Geller told WND.

“It’s why the U.K. is doomed, finished.”

Paul Nehlen, producer of the documentary “Hijrah: Radical Islam’s Global Invasion,” agrees.

“The Brits have reached a tipping point,” he said.

“When your security apparatus has flipped from protecting the dissenting view of the victim, to that of the feelings of the attackers, you’re about to lose your culture,” said Nehlen, who challenged House Speaker Paul Ryan for his Wisconsin congressional seat last fall.

He recalled that during the 2016 campaign, he was derided by Brits for insisting there are “no-go zones” in the United Kingdom, where law enforcement has ceded authority to Muslims.

“I’d suggest the Internet is one (no-go zone), the town square is another. Prove me otherwise, if you still can,” Nehlen said.

After the murder of a British soldier by two Muslims in London in 2013, three men were taken into custody for using Twitter and Facebook to criticize Muslims.

One man was charged with “malicious communications,” the other two with “inciting racial or religious hatred.”

‘Backlash’ fear

In the aftermath of the Manchester bombing, the highest ranking Muslim in the London police force, Commander Mak Chishty, issued a statement on behalf of Muslim leaders.

“Every time a terrorist attack takes place Muslim communities either face or fear a backlash against them,” he said.

Dave Stringer chief superintendent of police in the London borough of Sutton, said police are responding to the “backlash” against Muslims.

“Following the terrorist incidents in Europe in recent years, we have anticipated that similar incidents in the U.K. may lead to a greater need to support those communities that are more vulnerable to becoming victims of hate crime, and we have taken action accordingly,” he said.

The London Metropolitan Police Service, he said, “also increased specialist investigators within the 32 London borough community safety units by 30 percent, with more than 900 specialist members of staff dedicated to investigating all hate crimes and domestic abuse crimes.”

 

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