Suicidal Britannia. “Newport shopkeeper told to remove “˜obey our laws” T-shirt,” from the South Wales Argus, May 29 (thanks to Benedict):
A NEWPORT shopkeeper has been forced by police to remove a T-shirt from his shop window because they felt it “could be seen to be inciting racial hatred.”
Matthew Taylor, 35, the owner of Taylor’s clothes store on Emlyn Walk in the city, printed up and displayed the T-shirt with the slogan: “Obey our laws, respect our beliefs or get out of our country” after Drummer Lee Rigby, 25, was killed in near Woolwich barracks in London last week.
But following a complaint from a member of the public, police came to his store and threatened to arrest him unless he removed the Tshirt from sight.
Mr Taylor said: “I had a visit from two CSOs (community support officers) because it has been reported by someone who felt it was offensive.
“It’s not meant to be offensive.
I didn’t produce it to be offensive. It’s what I believe.
“At the end of the day if you don’t like the way a country is run and don’t like our beliefs then go somewhere else, don’t go killing people.
“I don’t care if you Welsh, Scottish, English, go somewhere else if you don’t like it.”
Mr Taylor said obviously the killing of Drummer Rigby had been in his mind, but having lived in Chepstow close to Beachley barracks for a number of years the armed forces were particularly close to his heart.
He said the T-shirt seemed to have gone down well.
“I had one person shout that it was “˜disgusting” but on the whole most people have reacted positively to it,” Mr Taylor said.
“I think the person who reported me was a bit too sensitive and hasn’t read it properly.
“I don’t see it as racist. I took it down because it is meant to be a statement about any race. Any colour.
“I”m offended I have had to take it down. I can’t see why I can’t share my beliefs,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Gwent police confirmed: ” We did have a call from a member of the public. We visited the shop and asked him to remove it (the T-shirt) as it could be seen to be inciting racial hatred.”
What race is jihad terror against innocent civilians and the Islamic supremacist assertion of the primacy of Sharia over British law?