19 June 2017

London van attack outside mosque: Tommy Robinson sparks outrage

Tommy Robinson during an EDL and Britain First demonstration on April 01, 2017 in London, England. Picture: Matthew Chattle

A FAR right wing activist is on a Twitter tirade after the London van attack, implying the nearby mosque was to blame for the incident.

Despite the fact police have issued no information on the suspect and that videos from the scene suggest the driver that ploughed into pedestrians on the streets of London was in fact a white male, Tommy Robinson proceeded to blame the very people that were hurt in the attack in a Twitter video.

Robinson is a writer and personality of Rebel Media, the same publisher that includes Gavin McInnes in its portfolio, who famously launched an attack against The Project host Waleed Aly for criticising the then-Presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

It is the same publisher that recently hired Australia’s “most controversial man”, Mark Latham.

He also is the former spokesman and leader of the English Defence League (EDL) “street protest” movement. He now heads up Pegida UK, an anti-Islam organisation in the United Kingdom and is the author of books, Enemy of the State, and Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill For Islam.

In a former video, Mr Robinson said “if we don’t get this issue dealt with, the British public will.”

“They will end up taking matters into their own hands.”

When reports surfaced of several people injured and one arrested after a van reportedly rammed into pedestrians in a “terrorist attack” outside a mosque in north London, Robinson took to Twitter to express his thoughts — and ever since, he’s been copping it.

Former spokesman and leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson in London, during a counterprotest by UAF (Unite Against Fascism) against Britain First and EDL marches. Picture: Jonathan Brady

Former spokesman and leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson in London, during a counterprotest by UAF (Unite Against Fascism) against Britain First and EDL marches. Picture: Jonathan BradySource:Getty Images

Metropolitan Police said they were called just after midnight local time and a helicopter was seen circling overhead as emergency services treated people on Seven Sisters Road near Finsbury Park Mosque.

Photos posted on social media showed a distressed looking white male believed to be the driver being held by police just after 1am.

Mohammed Kozbar, chairman of Finsbury Park Mosque, told The Sun: “Whoever did this, he did it to hurt people and it’s a terrorist attack.

“We call it a terrorist attack as we called it in Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge.”

A spokesman from the mosque told news.com.au people were leaving at the time of the attack “200 metres away”, but he did not know if it was targeted.

Enter Robinson, known for his anti-Muslim views, who has been called out for “justifying the attack” on Twitter.

“Before people start aiming hate or threats at me about this revenge attack at your mosque tonight, I’ve warned for years what u will create,” he posted.

Later, he posted a video claiming “the facts are Finsbury Park mosque has been used as a centre of hate, it’s radicalised dozens of people over the years, its just a fact.

“I didn’t make it that way, just pointing it out, I’m not using it to justify.

It wasn’t long before Twitter responded, shocked and appealed at the deliberate targeting and lack of empathy during a sensitive time.

In a stream of replies from an outraged public, in which some called for Robinson to “die”, he fought back, saying “facts are not hate” and pointed out the extremist trolls for calling him out. Instead of keeping calm, he appeared to fuel the issue with tweets calling on politicians to “come out telling Muslim community everything is OK”.

“White Christian hero gives bottles of water in Finsbury Park will be front page news tomorrow,” he continued.

Just last week, Robinson lead a protest of hundreds of right-wing supporters in Manchester which “turned nasty very quickly,” according to the Express.

“The group’s presence led to fiery clashes with demonstrators and Anti-Fascist groups as Greater Manchester Police officers in riot gear tried to separate demonstrators,” it read.

“Footage of some of those attending the rally can be heard chanting: ‘E-E-EDL’ and ‘Allah, Allah, who the f*** is Allah?’

A man says an incident where a van mowed down people outside of a north London mosque should be called a terrorist attack.

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