American Greatness, by Mytheos Holt, May 25th, 2018:
Disturbing news has come to light from the United Kingdom this morning, courtesy of author and journalist Lauren Southern, and of Cassandra Fairbanks at Gateway Pundit. Apparently, after being arrested while live on film, for nothing more than covering a trial of suspected participants in a rape grooming gang, the controversial anti-Islam activist Tommy Robinson has been sentenced to 13 months in prison. A prison, coincidentally, that is likely to be filled with Muslim criminals who will make it a point to kill Robinson. As Southern put it on Twitter:
She has since elaborated on the situation in a YouTube stream that can be viewed here.
Members of the European Parliament such as Geert Wilders and Gerard Batten have since spoken out against the situation, and rightly so. However, what may confuse the reader is that the situation has not been covered in the press. Even Breitbart London’s article on the topic mysteriously vanished earlier today, though an archived version does survive.
They are not alone. Multiple journalistic outlets have scrubbed their stories, and even direct eyewitnesses have been forced to take down their Tweets. The reason for this press silence is reportedly that the judge has issued a gag order preventing anyone from discussing Robinson’s arrest or sentence.
Let me say that again. It appears that a supposedly liberal Western government has thrown an activist in prison for something that in any other country would be regarded as an exercise in freedom of the press, and has then turned around and gagged the press in their country into not saying anything about the incident. If this is true, then in effect, the UK government has ‘disappeared’ Tommy Robinson. No word yet on whether Robinson will be tossed out of a helicopter.
Regardless of Robinson’s polarizing reputation, this is not supposed to happen to anyone. But sadly, it is not surprising. Recently, the New York Times ran a story pointing out the incredible fact that today’s centrists are the most predisposed to be favorable to authoritarianism. The supposedly “centrist” UK government is showing us what that authoritarianism looks like: a world where actual fascism is justified on the grounds of silencing those smeared as fascists.
This is the world dreamt by today’s technocrats. It is the duty of every lover of freedom and sovereignty to ensure the world wakes up to that fact.
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Mytheos Holt is a senior contributor to American Greatness and a senior fellow at the Institute for Liberty. He has held positions at the R Street Institute, Mair Strategies, TheBlaze, and National Review. He also worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Sen. John Barrasso, and reviews video games at Gamesided. He hails originally from Big Sur, California, but currently lives in Arlington, Virginia. Yes, Mytheos is his real name.
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