Tuesday, June 28 2016

Breivik admirer in police custody

Following reports last week on the disturbing comments of support for terrorist Anders Breivik by alleged English Defence League supporter, Philip Horn, the Daily Mail, Kent Online and the Sun have all reported on his subsequent arrest by Kent Police.

From the Daily Mail:

“A British dad has been arrested on suspicion of inciting racial hatred after praising mass murderer Anders Breivik on Facebook, it emerged today.

“Philip Horn, 44, allegedly said on the social networking site that he 'takes his hat off' to the infamous gunman.

“Horn, a father-of-three, from Gillingham, was arrested by Kent Police on Thursday afternoon and is currently being held in custody.

“Horn, who is reported to have links with the English Defence League, is also alleged to have publicly supported Breivik’s crusade to 'protect his country from Muslims'.

“The unemployed builder from Gillingham, Kent, is said to have posted a message saying: 'Well done Anders Breivik. I take my hat off to you sir.

“'You proved you were not insane and that you are just one of many like myself who wish their country to return to the way it was before it was invaded by the Muslim population. Respect to you.'

“He was also filmed by a national newspaper saying: 'If someone came to my door in a uniform and said they were going to bang me up for six months then fine. I’m not going to retract any remarks I made.

“'To a certain extent I do defend what he’s [Breivik] done. Go back 40-50 years ago to Norway, would you have seen people walking around in burkas and all that?

“'I am a racist to a certain extent. Of course it’s wrong to kill children, but if he had to do it that way to get his point across, so be it.'”

It is telling that he admits himself to be “a racist to a certain extent” and praises Breivik’s act as a valid reaction to the misplaced notion of Europe being “invaded by the Muslim population.”

According to research done by Matthew Goodwin, a significant proportion of the members of far-right organisations and political parties support violence as a form of political expression in protest of ethnic and religious diversity. Further research shows that Muslims are overwhelmingly the target population of far right prejudice and political activism.

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