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The former leader of the far-right group the English Defence League (EDL), Tommy Robinson, has been jailed for thirteen months for breaking contempt of court laws with a Facebook Live video that could prejudice an ongoing trial. His supporters have protested his imprisonment, and Donald Trump Jr. has leant his support to their cause.
Sunday 6th May 2018 saw two to three thousand people march through London flying national flags and holding signs decrying limits to freedom of speech. Yet commentators see their rhetoric regarding civil and religious rights as a contradiction.
Campaign group Hope Not Hate has published a report detailing the evolving ideology of the British far-right to one defined by a hatred of Islam, which poses a significant threat to the social fabric of the UK. The UK’s senior terror officer gave a similar warning only a few days before.
Osborne, who killed a worshipper outside the Finsbury Park Mosque in 2017 in an act of terrorism motivated by Islamophobia, was reportedly radicalised by online content from far-right movements. The British mainstream media has been criticised for popularising this content through engaging with it in their coverage.