The BBC never got there until the end of the day’s events, apparently, when a handful of incredibly drunken attendees decided to block off the traffic at Trafalgar Square. Riot vans surrounded them, drunken fans cheered them on, as the drunken protesters sometimes hurled bottles of beer and expletives at the police. These are the only British mainstream media pictures I’ve seen of the event. The headlines scream that some arrests were made and that five police officers had been injured, and that the white, racist, EDL had descended. Nothing could have been further from the truth.
I’ve seen this type of thing before in London with the left and Antifa, where they’ve blocked off the traffic, have been given a dispersal notice from the police, gone over their time limit, and therefore the police have had to act in a unit to remove them. The same thing happened yesterday, with the exception being that Antifa are heralded by the press as being just and righteous, with any accompanying photographs portraying their violence as self-defense or else as being the only answer to a non-existent racism. Yesterday, Tommy’s supporters were allowed to sit on the road for a certain duration before the police officers had to start their formation tactics of kettling other people into particular areas in order that the arresting officers would be met with as little violence as possible from the surrounding crowds and protesters.
This was not what the day was about, although it was not without precedents. Just two weeks ago, at a smaller Free Tommy rally, the supporters barely allowed the first speaker to finish his speech before they stormed the gates of No. 10 to hurl some more expletives and bottles at the armed police. This time there was a stage, however, and a variety of noted speakers such as Geert Wilders and Raheem Kassam in attendance. 20,000 chanting men and women paraded the short distance from Trafalgar Square. Regrettably, upon arrival at No. 10, one small section of people thought that storming the gates and abusing the police would be the order of the day. Raheem grabbed the microphone and quickly ended it by telling them that that wasn’t why they had gathered, and that the police weren’t the problem. The problem comes from above the local cops’ heads.
When the crowd had settled down, there was much chanting of “Oh, Tommy, Tommy. Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy Robinson.” All of the speeches were met with roars and massive enthusiasm. Two hours before my friend and I reaching the event, we could hear this chant coming from all directions. The people (“the proles”) seemed finally to have awakened and they were making noise. The singing was ubiquitous, like church bells ringing out across the land on a Sunday.
Geert Wilders arrived and was rushed backstage, surrounded by armed guards and security men. He delivered a speech about patriotism, was cheered by the crowd, and then he quickly posed for a couple of pictures before being whisked off again by the same armed battalion of officers. I had wanted to ask him some questions. I had wanted to ask him how the UK is viewed from across the channel. Are we a beacon of hope for some countries in the same way as Hungary, Czech Republic, and Poland are, for example? Or are we known as being yet another country that capitulates to Islamic demands and grooming gangs? Does he have a vision for the UK’s future? And how does it feel to be back after having his travel ban lifted? Until he began texting that he had been cleared through airport security, uncertainty hung over his appearance at the day’s event.
After the event was over, I was hungry and wanted to find a food store. Of course, the left-wing counter-demonstrators were there, and the police generally do their best to make sure that both groups are led off in different directions in order to avoid violence. I asked a police officer which direction he wanted me to head in. He told me that “Antifa, if you can call them that, all left after an hour.” There were only about 100 of them who had bothered to turn up. The officer finished our exchange by telling me, “The average age of the counter-protesters was around 80,” so if I felt I could handle myself against a gang of elderlies, then I was free to walk in whatever direction I pleased. I headed towards the noise and the hustle of Trafalgar Square, looking for food. I noticed a young man in his 20s who was walking with his girl tear a Free Tommy placard down from the War Memorial. I walked behind him. He was clearly distressed, and his girlfriend was petting him on the shoulder as though he were a child and not a man. I drew close to pass him and listened as he explained to his girlfriend that Tommy Robinson is a “racist, neo-Nazi…” He didn’t get to finish. I turned to him and said, “Fascist, Nazi, politics of hate, xenophobe…Have I left anything out?” He didn’t quite know how to reply. I asked him to defend his racism slur against Tommy. He said, in a mild rage, “He formed the EDL.”
“The EDL were formed as a direct response to Islamic terrorism in the UK, especially in Tommy’s hometown of Luton,” I replied.
At this point, his face went red and livid, and he stopped and started shaking his head and his hands at me as he backed away from me as though I were a thing possessed. His girlfriend was doing her best to keep him from imploding, and I told him to make sure he knows what he’s talking about before he starts throwing slurs and accusations around at people he doesn’t know. He turned and stomped away, with his girlfriend rushing to keep up with him. He was unable to debate, as they usually are. Their emotions generally overwhelm them.
That to me was the story of the day. The amount of misinformation is still out there in relation to Tommy, propagated by the media, of course, via their use of buzzwords and the very worst possible images they can obtain. I would have thought that 20,000 politically and legally minded, liberty conscious individuals who had taken the time to travel to London in order to protest the persecution of a UK citizen who dares to speak out about Islam would merit better headlines and a deeper and more honest reportage. The other takeaway from the event is the behaviour of the left-wing youth of today, who are incapable of critical or logical thinking, and who are instead walking around as raw balls of uninformed and uncontrolled emotion. There was every colour and creed at the Free Tommy event yesterday. There were black girls and men and there were Jews with their kippahs and carrying their kids. I’ve written previously about the tipping point, the point at which the UK will say, “We’ve had enough.” Tommy Robinson’s incarceration seems to have tipped the scales; let’s hope they fall on the side of justice.