U.K. Bars Entry to Brittany Pettibone, Martin Sellner, and Lauren Southern
The following Wall Street Journal article presented below is written in the now commonplace, near-hysterical tone of the mainstream media. Comparatively speaking, this piece’s vilification of right-of-centre activists is tempered somewhat; but the sobriquets are invoked all the same. For instance, the piece describes Ms. Pettibone, Mr. Sellner, and Mr. Robinson as “far-right” multiple times. The terms “far-right extremists” “extremists” and “hate crimes” are also invoked.
Fascinating that the U.K. Border Force allows so many illegals to slip through the cracks, but it’s suddenly the most competent Border Force in the world when it comes to banning two female conservative independent journalists and an Identitarian activist. pic.twitter.com/JLM9OHOgjP— Brittany Pettibone (@BrittPettibone) March 12, 2018
It is ridiculous to suggest that these individuals are more of a threat to social cohesion than the tens of thousands of Muslim radicals running rampant across Britain. Once a bastion of free speech and liberty, Britain has devolved into an Orwellian police state hell-bent on replacing their citizenry with hostile foreigners.
Whoever gainsays this agenda is detained, deported, imprisoned, and pilloried. On a positive note, however, Ms. Pettibone and Mr. Sellner were reunited, and arrived safely in Vienna on Sunday evening.
BREAKING: @BrittPettibone & @Martin_Sellner have arrived safe in Vienna after being detained for 3 days in a UK detention centre. Full interview to follow on https://t.co/n58aV1eLyN pic.twitter.com/nTYXmtbfjU— Tommy Robinson ???????? (@TRobinsonNewEra) March 11, 2018
Their detainment and subsequent deportation is yet another watershed event in the ongoing struggle to inculcate the embattled peoples of the West with a renewed sense of identity and nationalism. It is also worthy to note that independent journalist Lauren Southern was denied entry into Britain as well. Ms. Southern was held by Border Force officials in Coquelles, France, Monday morning.
They just locked me out and said "au revoir"... Officially banned from UK for "racism".. doing fine though, all the cool people are being banned anyway ????— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) March 12, 2018
Need to gather my thoughts and call family. Interrogation story is pretty crazy though. Will tell it soon. pic.twitter.com/mARtkyZKFm
U.K. Bars Entry to Two Far-Right Activists
Jenny Gross, The Wall Street Journal, 12 March 2018
The U.K. government refused entry to two political activists, saying it wasn’t in the public interest for them to be in Britain.
American Brittany Pettibone, a YouTube commentator, and far-right Austrian activist Martin Sellner, the co-founder of an anti-immigrant movement, were traveling together and detained at Luton airport, north of London, on Friday and deported on Sunday.
“Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good,” a U.K. Home Office spokesman said on Monday. U.K. immigration rules allow authorities to refuse entry if they believe it would be for the public good based on “character, conduct or associations of the person seeking leave to enter.”
The decision to refuse entry to the two activists highlights what the U.K. says is a clampdown on the dissemination of far-right ideology. A U.K. judge last week found the leader and deputy leader of Britain First, a small anti-Islam group, guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.
Mr. Sellner said in a telephone call Monday that Britain’s decision to ban him and Ms. Pettibone from entering the U.K. showed that freedom of speech was endangered in Britain.
He described his group as an avant-garde activist movement that brings taboo issues to the table. “I see myself as a patriot against mass immigration and Islamization,” he said.
Ms. Pettibone didn’t respond to requests for comment. She wrote on Twitter that she was denied entry because she intended to interview Tommy Robinson, former leader of the far-right anti-Islamist group the English Defense League.
Britain’s most senior counterterrorism officer, Mark Rowley, said last month that right-wing extremists represented a significant terrorist threat.
He said far-right activity had, until recent years, been limited to so-called hate crimes and protests and mostly limited to isolated individuals, but that far-right British groups are seeking links with extremists in other countries.