Jun 24 2015
UK Bedfordshire Police apply for injunction against BRITAIN FIRST to stop leaders from participating in planned demonstration in Luton on Saturday
If successful, the injunction would last a year and would ban the anti-Islamization group ‘Britain First’ leaders, Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, from stepping foot in Luton and its surrounding area during that period. It would also stop Golding and Fransen from entering mosques and Islamic centers anywhere in England and Wales without a prior written invitation.
Luton Today (h/t Judith R) Three weeks ago the pair made an unannounced visit to Bury Park, where they claim they suffered ‘abuse and violence’ from men on the streets. Footage of the driveby shows Paul Golding shouting “This is our country, why don’t you go back to your own country?” to one man and “Go back to the desert” to another. (See video below)
Golding and Fransen are also seen holding Christian crosses and a banner which reads “Britain First No More Mosques” outside Bury Park Jamie Masjid. The injunction application will be heard at the High Court on Friday, just a day before the Britain First demonstrate in Luton.
The application submitted by the force contends that the protest would be “highly provocative” due to its timing on the same day as the ‘Luton in Harmony’ community event. It adds: “(The march) will also take place during the Holy Month of Ramadan. There is significant fear that this march, led by the respondents (Golding and Fransen), will cause major disruption and serious public disorder.”
Paul Golding, leader of Britain First says: Bedfordshire police have wasted vast amounts of taxpayers’ money to drag Britain First into the High Court in London a day before our Luton protest in order to obtain a total ban on Jayda Fransen and I from entering Luton!
Yes, you read that right, myself and Jayda Fransen will be the first registered political leaders to be banned from an entire British town because the police don’t want us to attend our own protest.
It gets a lot worse.
Not only do the police want a total ban on us entering Luton for a period of one year, but they also want a total ban on us “publishing, distributing or displaying any words or images, whether electronic or otherwise” that is likely to stir up “Islamophobia”.
In other words, we will be completely prohibited from doing anything political in nature. Who decides what is “Islamophobic?”
That means no giving out leaflets, writing newspapers, posting to Facebook and Twitter, sending out emails – and if we do any of the above, we both face a stiff prison sentence for contempt of the High Court.
If the judge awards in favour of the police, then the first consequence is that our protest march has effectively been banned as Jayda and I will not be able to attend. If we decide to defy the order, we are guaranteed to be sent to prison for contempt of the High Court (a serious offense).
Unbelievably, the police are citing the recent events in a Muslim area of Luton whereby Jayda and I were attacked by Islamic extremists as a reason why we should be banned from the entire town!
Cllr Jacqui Burnett, Luton Borough Council’s executive member for social inclusion and community cohesion, said: “It is very regrettable that yet again a group which is not welcome in Luton and which does not represent our town in any way is holding a demonstration here.
“While the law does not allow the council or police to prevent peaceful protest (Yet they are tying anyway), we have both worked hard to ensure that the rights of the local community are also respected and people’s views heard.
“The council is committed to keeping residents of Luton fully informed about events, and ensuring that everyone will be able to go about their business as usual in the town centre on Saturday.
“Experience from similar demonstrations does suggest there is a risk that young people in particular, who are normally respectful and law-abiding, can unwittingly get drawn into activity during demonstrations that can result in criminal convictions, and we urge parents and young people to be mindful of this when deciding whether or not to join a demonstration.”