The leader of the Britain First Organization, an extreme right-wing group in the UK, threatened on Saturday to bury a pig at the site of a mosque during a rally in the town of Dudley.
The notorious Britain First leader, Paul Golding, is now under even more observation by the West Midlands Police Force, who claim that hate crimes as a result of such incitement will be “relentlessly” pursued.
Golding even went as far as to say he would happily serve prison time for burying the pig at the mosque building site. He also threw insults around about the Prophet Mohammed to the packed crowd in the town’s square.
Some of the racist comments against Muslims were recorded by members of the crowd, and Chief Superintendent Chris Johnson said the police force would not tolerate any hate crimes.
“We are aware that some people may have taken offence to comments made during speeches at Saturday’s peaceful protest in Dudley and understand the impact of these type of threats. The event was closely monitored throughout by police officers and no crimes were committed or arrests made. There is a clear distinction between freedom of speech and a criminal act. Members of the public should be under no illusion that when words become criminal actions, West Midlands Police will use every available power to relentlessly pursue offenders. The force has a strong history of taking action against perpetrators of hate crime.”
There is good reason for the police to monitor potential hate crimes following such speeches. Last month, four severed pig heads were dumped on the doorstep of a new community center in Solihull.
According to Golding, leaving a pig’s head at the site where the mosque is slated to be built would mean work could not proceed there, as the presence of a dead pig is “against the rules of the Koran.”
One Muslim who was offended by Golding’s comments, Amjid Raza of the Dudley Central Mosque, said, “We heard the same thing in November – that they were going to bury pig heads on the mosque site. The police are aware of it as complaints have been made. I haven’t listened to all of the speech at the rally but comments were made about the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, and these have been reported to the police.”
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