'Free Tommy Robinson' Protest In London Grows Violent, Five Arrested, Officers Injured In Clash

Nicholas Morine

As thousands of protestors – fighting against what they see as the unjust incarceration of Tommy Robinson (pseudonym for English Defense League founder Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon) – descended on downtown London yesterday, things grew violent according to The Evening Standard.

An agitated crowd singing and chanting in support of the man who inflamed national sentiment speaking on the subject of grooming gangs and, in particular, an alleged cover-up of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal. Writers from Forbes, the BBC, and CBN all echoed this sentiment in years previous, presaging this boil-over well in advance.

The dutch politician delivered his remarks to a stirred-up crowd, the audience chanting "shame!" as Wilders described the atrocities committed by the grooming gangs, the stifling of speech surrounding this issue, and the subsequent imprisonment of Tommy Robinson.

Tommy Robinson has pleaded guilty to contempt of court according to The Guardian. With a publication ban being imposed by the courts surrounding reportage in a group of ongoing rape cases in the UK, Robinson began a Facebook Live session outside Leeds court and was summarily arrested after an hour of broadcasting online. His supporters claim that these arrests indicate a cover-up of the facts concerning the grooming gang epidemic for political purposes, and further that it amounts to state censorship of speech and facts that citizens deserve to be made aware of. His critics argue that by introducing a likelihood of a mistrial for violating publication bans, Tommy Robinson may also work at cross-purposes with the justice system and generate a great deal of hatred for those who follow the Islamic faith in the process.

This is not the first time Tommy Robinson has been charged with contempt of court. A year earlier, he was charged with the same for filming inside of a courtroom with a hidden camera.

A petition calling for Tommy Robinson's release on change.org has received over 600,000 signatures as of the writing of this article.