UK activist Tommy Robinson was arrested on Friday for suspicion of breaching the peace while live streaming to report on the trial of a child grooming gang and will now have to serve a prior 13 month suspended sentence
Friends and supporters of Robinson, 35, are asserting that his notoriety and stance on Islam places his life in great danger in prison.
Robinson is heavily focused on Islamic extremism and has had several run-ins with law enforcement over his live streaming.
The UK government is so eager to silence him that they have even placed a restriction on reporters covering the case or his imprisonment.
The independent journalist was caught on video telling the arresting officers that “this is free speech. This is where we’re at.”
“You know when you do this, more people are going to watch this now than ever,” he adds.
Lauren Southern, author, YouTuber, filmmaker and friend of Robinson’s has called the court’s decision a “death sentence.”
She pointed to a case in 2016 where a UK man who had placed bacon sandwiches outside a mosque was found dead in his prison cell.
Sending Tommy Robinson to jail is a death sentence and the UK knows this. It was acknowledged in the court room.