‘Ferocious hostility’ against BF members in ‘Islamic hotspot’
A video posted on YouTube at the weekend by Britain First, a far-right party launched in 2011, claims that members, carrying wooden crosses, encountered ‘ferocious hostility’ when it carried out a ‘Christian Patrol’ in Bury Park in Luton – ‘an area notorious for Islamic extremists, ISIS fanatics, hate preachers and terrorists.’
The group claims in the video, which has been viewed by almost 458,000 people that:
Our activists were attacked and pelted with eggs. Verbal abuse was rife. Muslims claimed they have ‘taken over’ Luton and the UK. This is the future of Britain.
But according to this report local church leaders distanced themselves from the far-right group. BF labelled them “treacherous” and said on its website:
So-called ‘Christian leaders’ in Luton have queued up to condemn Britain First after our Christian Patrol in the Bury Park area.
These ‘Christians’ are gormless, trendy, politically correct, tree-hugging, sandal wearing hippies who only care about ‘multiculturalism’, appeasing Islam and publicising themselves.
About 20 members of the party, led by Paul Golding, above with cross, and his deputy Jayda Fransen, recorded themselves walking through what they labelled an “Islamist hotspot” on Saturday, where they handed out newspapers and confronted local Muslims in what charity Tell Mama, set up to support “victims of anti-Muslim hate”, said was an “intimidating” fashion aimed at “inflaming” tensions.
In the nine-minute YouTube clip Fransen is seen in a heated exchange with a local Muslim, telling him Britain is:
Our country, not your country, it’s a Christian country.
When the man replies that she is jealous because we are “taking over”, Jansen says:
You think you can take over a town and say ‘it’s your country, you’re taking over’… not for long, see this cross, it will prevail.
Later she confronts a Muslim woman about her hijab, telling her that she’s “been hidden because your men can’t control their urges”, something that sparks an extended confrontation that clearly upsets the woman.
As Britain First members make their way through the town an increasing crowd of Muslim men surround them, as police attempt to keep the groups separated. At first local men simply object to the march, but they become increasingly agitated as party members continue to taunt them with the line “this is our country, not yours”.
At several points local men charge Britain First activists, threaten to “fucking hit you, motherfucker” and call Fransen a “slag”. One local man also blindsides a Britain First member in an attempt to push him to the ground.
Tell Mama said Britain First’s confrontations with locals are being used by the party to “create the notion of ‘them and us’. It said “predictably” young men took “the bait” in Luton, which led to Britain First activists:
Agitating and further adding to the growing tensions.
Tell Mama compared BF’s march to those undertaken by the “Muslim Patrol” – a group of Muslim vigilantes – who harassed and attempted to shame members of the public in London’s Whitechapel and Tower Hamlets in January 2013, and were accused of homophobic attacks. Several members of the group were later arrested.
Tell Mama said after the “Muslim Patrol” was prosecuted it “made it clear that any faith-based patrol or vigilante group was contrary to the rules and criminal and civil laws of this country” and that they should not be allowed to take place.
We stated that they could possibly spark off serious unrest in areas and that action needed to be taken to send a clear message that the State would not tolerate any behaviour which intimidated citizens walking our streets.
Sadly, it is now 2016 and these inflammatory actions continue with Britain First trying to paint themselves as ‘defenders’ of Christian values, something that they are far from. They continue to walk into areas, stir up unrest and walk away leaving local communities to pick up the pieces.
It is also interesting to note in the video of their agitation, that their actions lead to a young female policewoman finding herself in the middle of groups of testosterone laden young men looking to fight. Is this really the ‘patriotism’ that our country needs – the answer is a resounding no.
At present there are two petitions against BF. One to ban them from Facebook and Twitter has 972 signatures, and another to ban them as a political party has over 10,000.
Bedfordshire police told the Huffington Post UK that officers were “immediately dispatched” after learning that Britain First were staging a march.
A spokeswoman said no arrests were made but an investigation had been launched to:
Determine whether any offences were committed during the course of Saturday’s events.
Police added that additional patrols had been conducted in Luton for “community reassurance”.
Hat tip: Peter Sykes