Saturday, 19 July 2014

Facebook Likes and Shares come first for Britain First

[Guest post]

Well it seems that the far right group known as Britain First aren’t putting Britain first. Facebook is a bigger priority.

Some of my friends ‘Liked’ photos of theirs, and when I asked them why, they said they didn’t even know what Britain First was and just happened to have seen the post. So it all made sense.

Britain First is disguising its posts with messages that people can ‘Like’ and ‘Share’, hence people can just see its posts more. It’s marketing.

And because there are so many people on Facebook who share everything without questioning, Britain First is able to reach out. The admin on Facebook is not even trying at times – begging ‘Share me share me!’

One may ask me: “So what if Britain First has thousands of followers, and so what if a photo gets shared?” Well I say that promoting a far right group that deserves no positive attention is doing harm. All those photos are just a ploy to get you engaged so Britain First can achieve its political ambitions.

Also, why should you have to prove you support the troops by sharing a photo on your wall? Why should you prove yourself by doing something some random Facebook page tells you to?

So if you stumble on a Facebook post, make sure you see who is sharing it and don’t be a sucker.

Britain First stirred race hate with murder leaflets

Back in 2012, Kent News reported that far right group Britain First (BF) used the images of two murdered young men and claimed they were white victims of racial murders – much to the distress of their families.

A Britain First flyer, sent out by the organisation headlined ‘RIP the white British victims of racism... will YOU help honour their memory?’ and included pictures of Harry Potter star Rob Knox and Michael Chapman.

It was signed by Paul Goulding himself, the face of the group, and read: ‘These poor souls – all of them members of our own nation and our own flesh and blood – have been deprived of life by violent immigrant racists in horrific and brutal attacks.’

No evidence came forth proving the murders were racially motivated, and the parents of the victims were in distress. They also said the party never even sought permission to use the pictures for political purposes.

One of the fathers of the murder victims told Kent News: “I am not in favour of this at all; I am not in favour of my son’s photograph being on there, and I don’t wish to be associated with this in any way. I don’t support what they are trying to do – they have their facts wrong anyway. It was not a racial attack.

“My son has been dead for four years and I want him to lay there in peace. I do not want his name used in this fashion. I want to take this to the Prime Minister – it’s just wrong doing something like this. It will upset all the family.”

When Britain First found out that people were concerned, they removed the photos from their website, but the photos were still seen in a video afterwards.

Further reading:
  1. Father of murdered Harry Potter star angry at far right group over race murder leaflet

Friday, 18 July 2014

Britain First supporters thought fake front page photo was real

Far right group Britain First (BF) has been desperate to get support. It’s been so desperate it photo-shopped a fake story in a bid to get ‘Likes’ and ‘Shares’.

Here they did a mock-up of The Sun newspaper.

Looking at the date, many supporters noticed something fishy, but others didn’t realise what they were seeing was fake. Here are some comments.

It goes to show people can be gullible. You simply cannot believe everything on the internet.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Why Britain First are bullies

[Guest post]

Who picks on the vulnerable and use intimidation to get what they want? Bullies. And Britain First.

For all those who don’t know, they’re the British far-right group notable for invading mosques disrespectfully, intimidating worshippers and giving out Bibles.

Here’s a photo taken inside a London mosque when Britain First invaded.

Look at the three Britain First members in this photo. They’re standing tall, in a line, and one of them in the back has his hands on his hips like he means business. Who are they up against?

An innocent old man who just happens to be there wanting to pray.

Intimidation and threatening behaviour is nothing new for this nasty group. Paul Goulding, the face of it, even told someone in Bradford the community has “been warned” in one ‘mosque invasion’ video, and the group continues to barge into places uninvited.

Bullies are also often scared when they’re outnumbered, and this relates to Britain First quite well. They only go inside mosques when hardly anyone is in, and then record themselves taping innocent old men thinking they’ve done a job well done.

That said, Britain First is not a party, it’s just a gang of bullies.

Britain First members swore and forced their way into mosque

According to eyewitnesses, Britain First (BF) members swore and forced themselves into a mosque in Kent.

Police investigations have already started in Kent and London after three mosques were targeted by the extreme far right group, which has been targeting minority communities (the Muslim community in particular).

A spokesman for one of the mosques told the BBC: “At about three o’clock somebody knocked on the front door. There were six people with green jackets and flat caps and they said they wanted to come in. I said no, you can’t come in, I don’t know who you are.”

He said the group then forced their way in through the main door, but were stopped from going through a second door.

He added: “They were making videos, at the same time swearing, and saying we heard you’re building another mosque and we really resist that.”

Kent Police said: “Officers are making enquiries to establish the circumstances around the incidents and whether any criminal offences have been committed.”

The Right Reverend James Langstaff, Bishop of Rochester, said he thought Jesus would have been “outraged” at the targeting of the mosques.

Further reading:
  1. Police investigate Kent and London mosque visits

Britain First continue to use Lee Rigby’s name to promote party

Britain First (BF) is using social media to further achieve its political goals whilst on the ground, creating a climate of fear amongst minority communities.

And despite the family of murdered Fusilier Lee Rigby, who was killed by extremists on 22 May, making a public plea for his name not to be taken in vain for political purposes, Britain First continues to use his name.

As shown by this screenshot (taken on 17 July 2014), Britain First continue to share photos in a bid to get more support online. This photo was posted two days before this post was published.

But this isn’t the first time Britain First has used Lee to further their political goals. Back in May, Britain First got away with using the description ‘Remember Lee Rigby’ on its ballot papers, and election watchdogs had to apologise.

Lee’s mum said she was ‘heartbroken’ that her son’s name was allowed to be used by the party for promotion and posted this on Facebook, saying Britain First’s views were ‘not what lee believed in and has no support from the family’.

Britain First regional organisers have also used his photo and name to promote “memorial walks”. Some of the events, like one organised in Huddersfield, appealed for donations too.

Also to note, English Defence League (EDL) leader Tommy Robinson and balaclava-clad thugs also exploited the tragic death of Lee by taking to the streets of London.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Will Britain First object to segregated toilets?

[Guest post]

A self-styled ‘battalion’ from far-right extreme group Britain First (BF) recently ‘invaded’ a mosque in South London, demanding it to remove its female and male signs.

The signs designated separate entrances for men and women, so they can enter for segregated worship as is the custom in most mosques, as well as Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras.

But leader of the thugs Paul Goulding said to a worshipper: “We’re Britain First, yeah? We object to your signs that are outside, the signs for men and women… in this country we have equality.”

According to Britain First, the signs promoted sexism, just because men and women could go through different entrances. But wait a minute... the group has forgotten about segregated public toilets, segregated changing rooms, heck even girls-only schools and boys-only schools.

So surely, Britain First needs to invade these places right?

I highly doubt Orthodox Jewish synagogues and Sikh gurdwaras will be told to remove their signs. So this stunt goes to show, Britain First are merely targeting and terrorising the Muslim community in particular.

A worshipper inside politely asked the group to remove their shoes as it was a place of worship but the Britain First members blatantly ignored him. A volunteer who gave a statement to the press also said people found Britain First members “aggressive and threatening”.

Britain First leader EXPOSED in charity scam

Paul Goulding is chairman of the extreme right wing group Britain First (BF), and has been at the forefront of its leading confrontational street activities.

Notably, he has been in the limelight for disrespectfully ‘invading’ mosques (when hardly anyone is in except mainly old men).

In a video uploaded by a war veteran, he’s running a stall for the Help for Heroes charity, also giving out leaflets that contain the Britain First website link.

The veteran says Goulding and his friend were collecting illegally, and he saw them getting some money from a few passer-bys.

When asked to produce his license, Goulding says “what license?” and doesn’t show it (a street collection license is required in Sussex – the region this video was captured).

After the veteran acts like he phones the police, Goulding and his friend coincidentally pack up and leave.

Goulding was once in the far-right National Front (NF), and turned up to a Remembrance Sunday march at the cenotaph drunk and with a pair of women’s knickers on his head (also shown on the BBC).

A convert to Christianity, he was also former head of publicity for the British National Party (BNP) as well as a failed councillor in Kent.

An introduction to the far-right group Britain First

Britain First (BF) has seemed to take the UK’s far-right scene by storm.

Seeking to fill a vacuum left by the declining British National Party (BNP) and the splintering English Defence League (EDL), Britain First has been found to be confrontational and dangerous.

Combining the immigrant-bashing rhetoric of the BNP with the intolerant hostility to Islam of the EDL, Britain First is attracting supporters from both due to its confrontational approach, stunts, and strategic marketing.

Recently, members – including the face of the political party Paul Goulding, a former BNP frontman – disrespectfully entered mosques harassing worshippers (mainly elders), distributing anti-Islam leaflets and Bibles.

According to Hope Not Hate, Britain First is in reality not led by Paul Goulding, but by Jim Dowson, who has been a religious antagonist and Protestant extremist since the early 1980s, when he was active in anti-abortion extremism in Scotland.

He also led an anti-abortion group named UK Life League, that was investigated by the National Extremism Tactical Coordination Unit.

Britain First's Jim Dowson

For several years, he was a key fundraiser for the BNP, but after falling out with BNP leader Nick Griffin he set off alone and eventually formed a partnership with ex-BNP publicity officer, Paul Goulding.

Britain First's Paul Goulding

And from then on Britain First was born.

Matthew Collins, director of research for HOPE Not Hate and a former member of the National Front (NF) and BNP said that the Britain First’s “confrontational style is attracting huge publicity and could potentially lead to a violent backlash. If nothing else, its provocative actions – such as distributing Bibles inside mosques and doorstepping Muslim community leaders in their homes – is generating a climate of fear.”

Britain First is using social media to generate interest by strategically marketing itself to people, particularly on Facebook.

Its online campaigns have shown support for the Armed Forces or against animal cruelty that people ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ (knowingly and unwillingly), which makes the post reach out to more people. It has also been claimed that many ‘Like’s have been bought.

On the ground, Britain First is creating a climate of fear amongst minority communities for its own political gain.

Further reading:
  1. Hate Files: Britain First
  2. ‘BRITAIN FIRST – Army of the Right’

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Drunken EDL Chanters Racially Abused Staff

The Grimsby Telegraph has reported that a drunken woman angrily hurled racist abuse at staff in a takeaway shop – including chanting references to the far-right English Defence League (EDL).

She and the man, who were amongst a foul-mouthed group of troublemakers, turned on a Brazilian man who tried to intervene and they both assaulted him during an “ugly” confrontation, Grimsby magistrates heard.

Rebecca Swan, 38, and Christopher Drury, 23, admitted a racially aggravated assault on July 4 and Swan admitted using racially aggravated threatening words or behaviour.

The prosecutor said that Swan and others were repeatedly chanting “EDL” and pointing towards people inside the shop.

The group turned on one staff member and wrongly thought he was Polish. Swan said: “Where are you from? You shouldn’t be here… you are in England. You should live by my laws.”

Swan slapped the worker across his neck and Drury hit him in the chest with the palm of his hand, causing him to fall to the ground.

Mother-of-two Swan, a cleaner at a medical centre, was given a four-week, 9pm to 7am, curfew and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a Government-imposed £60 victims’ surcharge.

Unemployed Drury was given a one-year conditional discharge and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 surcharge.

Further reading:
  1. Drunken pair chanted ‘EDL’

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

EDL Spreads Fake News About Pub Banning Armed Forces

Recently, the English Defence League (EDL) shared a story claiming a Leicester pub “enforced a new scheme which seeks to ban all British military personnel from entering their premises in fear of upsetting local non British citizens”.

Rumours about The Globe pub were originally circulated via a blog named the Daily Bale, a far-right blog that seems to defame innocent people and make up stories.

The Daily Bale post was accompanied by a picture of a couple (also seen in the thumbnail above) which the site claimed was the landlord and landlady, but in reality, it was a couple from a pub in Cheshire. The picture had been lifted from a totally different, positive and unconnected story.

The story itself was found as untrue, according to the pub themselves...

 ...and the police, who confirmed that the bogus posts were false.

After the story was shared, members of staff received a barrage of threatening and abusive phone calls from people who believed in it, including members of the EDL.

Angry people harassed the pub and the venue had to be closed for a short while due to fears about the safety of staff. Here are examples of the threats some EDL supporters gave on the official Facebook Page.

The EDL later apologised for sharing the post when more people found out the truth. But why they shared it in the first place without knowing it was true is a question we all need to be asking.

This is not the first time the EDL has shared fake stories to whip up tensions between communities. Click here for the Top 10 lies circulated by the EDL.

Further reading:
  1. EDL post made up story shocker! Globe pub in Leicester threatened with attack
  2. EDL target Leicester pub with death threats

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Innocent Man Attacked During EDL March In Hull

This Is Hull has reported that an English Defence League (EDL) supporter attacked a man promoting multi-culturalism during a march through Hull city centre.

Shoppers and families enjoying a Saturday afternoon in the city centre watched helplessly as the EDL supporter broke free from police ranks to attack the innocent man outside St Stephen’s shopping centre in Ferensway.

The EDL marcher had to be dragged off the man, who had blood pouring from his head and his face, while children were playing on a funfair ride just yards away.

Shoppers watch as police arrest the EDL marcher. Photo: This Is Hull

He was wrestled to the ground by police while shoppers and passers by rushed to the aid of the injured man before the attacker was led away in handcuffs, screaming abuse.

A friend of the man who was attacked, who asked not to be identified, reportedly said: “We had banners saying we were proud to be part of a multi-cultural Hull. One broke free from the ranks and started battering him, took him to the ground, dragging him all over the place.

“We came out to say that the vast majority of Hull people don't agree with any of this and we want to live peacefully together."

The attack happened just minutes after around 300 EDL supporters set off on a protest march through Hull.

Humberside Police have confirmed a 45-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Further reading:
  1. Man attacked during EDL march in Hull

EDL Supporter Arrested For Throwing Firework At Portsmouth Rally

The BBC has reported that an English Defence League (EDL) supporter has been arrested on suspicion of assault after a firework was thrown at a police officer during a rally against the opening of a Muslim school in Hampshire.

The force said a 29-year-old man, from Southampton, had been arrested following the attack, which had left a female officer “shaken”.

Police said a 23-year-old man, from Portsmouth, had also been arrested before the march, on suspicion of being drunk and disorderly.

Saturday, 3 August 2013

Australian Defence League Urges Supporters To Make Weapons

We’ve seen many examples of dangerous influence within many parts of the far-right. And here’s another example from the oversees splinter group of the English Defence League (EDL).

The Australian Defence League Soldiers group, is urging its supporters to make their own weapons.

Countless far-right supporters and members have been arrested and caught for possessing arms and many have even used dangerous home-made weapons upon the innocent. One example from the far-right is that of Norwegian terrorist Anders Breivik, who killed more than 60 innocent people in 22 July 2011.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Bare Naked Islam: The Hate Site That Celebrates Violence

Our blog exposes the English Defence League (EDL), its far-right allies and its supporters. So now we bring you the attention of Bare Naked Islam (BNI), a controversial hate blog hosted in the U.S.

Why? Well we decided to expose this hate-mongering site because it links to the EDL on its site, links it on its blogroll, the admins have expressed support for it, and because the EDL leader including EDL divisions have linked to its articles too.

The link that goes to the EDL website on Bare Naked Islam.

Examples of EDL Divisions sharing links to Bare Naked Islam.

EDL leader Tommy Robinson tweets a fear-mongering link from the site.

The blog has been controversial in the past, and was briefly shut down by WordPress for violating its terms and conditions, which comes to no surprise as it continuously posts up graphic content and posts what many would describe as “hate speech” towards Muslims.

Notably, this blog has featured a number of violent threats against mosques and Muslims, including the words from a commenter saying, “I want (Muslim) blood on my hands!”.

In 2011, Sheila Musaji of The American Muslim highlighted how the owner(s) of the site seemed to show sadistic joy when there were repeated arson attacks on mosques in France.

Bare Naked Islam published an article titled “WOO HOO! Yet ANOTHER anti-Muslim attack on a French mosque” and its subheading read: “Apparently, Hell hath no fury like a Frenchman scorned. It’s the third attack on a mosque just this month. Will the Muslims ever get a clue that they are not welcome in France?”

There were various threatening comments left below the post. The admin (who is regularly online) approved of them at the time.

This post was quickly removed once it gained attention. And like many far-right hate groups and sites, it tried to cover its tracks by removing the post.

A similar example of insensitive blog posts was when the admin(s) published an article titled “Oh, BOO HOO! Muslim man’s hatred of dogs gets him killed”, upon hearing of a young male who was scared of dogs died after plunging in a lake. Also found on the comment section, was this sadistic comment left by the admin.

Facts about Bare Naked Islam

  • Bare Naked Islam is known to post up stories and news without verification, making it a unreliable source of information. An example we recorded was when the site reported that “Muslims danced in the streets” after the Boston marathon attack (click here for our article). We found it to be untrue.
  • We exposed this site for sharing fake news in 2012 as well, when it claimed a horse was raped by a “Muslim”. Upon investigation, we found that no incident happened and Bare Naked Islam even went to the lengths in sharing a dead horse picture that was 5 years older than the story (click here for our article).
  • Bare Naked Islam also regurgitates and shares stories with other hate blogs, such as IslamVersusEurope and Vivienco, who have been criticised for sharing unreliable stories too.
  • Bare Naked Islam urges people to not even hire Muslims.
  • Countless supporters of the site have posted comments advocating violence. Many can still be found today.
  • Well-known far-right Islamophobes such as Robert Spencer of Jihadwatch and Pamela Geller of Atlasshrugs (both co-founders of American hate groups) have defended Bare Naked Islam in the past.
  • The admin of the group posted a comment saying Norwegian bomber Anders Breivik “killed the wrong people”, which sounds like the admin perhaps, preferred others to be killed instead.

  • The admin of the group posted a comment explaining why he/she chooses to demonise Muslims, saying he/she simply “enjoys doing it.”

Bare Naked Islam is clearly a dangerous hate site. With its consistent violent anti-Muslim rhetoric and open sympathy for hate and violence upon the innocent, it surely is one of the lowest of the low.

The fact it also has to make up false news to “mock and malign” others is another example of the bias bigotry that exists in the Islamophobia network.

Further reading:
  1. Bonni Benstock-Intall & BNI: Celebrating & encouraging violence against Muslims - update 7/21
  2. Anti-Muslim Bigot Robert Spencer Comes to the Defense of Genocidal Site “BareNakedIslam”