Wednesday, June 29 2016

Five suspected EDL supporters arrested on allegations of social network racism

There is coverage in the Independent, the BBC and the Yorkshire Post on the arrest of five men with alleged links to the English Defence League, on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred on social networking sites.

The Independent reports:

“Five men believed to be linked to the far-right English Defence League have been arrested on suspicion of stirring up racial hatred.

“Police said that officers working with the North East Counter Terrorism Unit swooped to arrest the men, who are members of the North West Infidels – a splinter group of the EDL. The arrests are in connection to a series of alleged racist comments posted on social networking sites, including Facebook.

“After news of the arrests spread, rumours surfaced online suggesting that John “Snowy” Shaw, who is thought to be the leader of the group and live in Knaresborough in North Yorkshire, was among those arrested as part of the operation. Police, however, denied he was one of the five detained today.

“Officers confirmed that a 43-year-old man from Northumbria; a 46-year-old man from County Durham and an 18-year-old man from Merseyside were arrested, along with a 21-year-old man from Barnsley and a 56-year-old man from north London. All five were taken to local police stations to be interviewed.

“The two men from Northumbria and north London have been released on bail, pending further enquiries, a spokesman said. Those from County Durham, Merseyside and Barnsley remain in custody.”

Islamophobia Watch also reports that in discussions taking place on the EDL’s Facebook page, there are worrying comments supporting Breivik’s actions which have not been moderated by the EDL’s website moderator. You can read some of the comments posted here.

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