June 12, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 97 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF TOMMY ROBINSON; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 97
(Extensions of Remarks - June 12, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E821] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] EXPRESSING CONCERN OVER THE ARREST AND CONVICTION OF TOMMY ROBINSON ______ HON. PAUL A. GOSAR of arizona in the house of representatives Tuesday, June 12, 2018 Mr. GOSAR. Mr. Speaker, I rise for the following purpose. I want to share my concern about the arrest and conviction of Tommy Robinson in Great Britain. I am well aware that England does not share our free speech values and does not have the equivalent of a First Amendment. Indeed, the restrictive practices of England led directly to the birth of this great nation and the freedom we enjoy here. Mr. Robinson, a British activist and journalist, was arrested and jailed for simply filming outside a public courtroom, and was sentenced to 13 months for this ``crime.'' His real crime is not taking pictures; His real crime is his refusal to agree to the government's efforts to cover up crimes by Muslim gangs who are raping British girls, almost with impunity, and with little apparent regard by the British government. If this act violated a term of probation, it would mean the court system in England is a key part of the problem, covering up for criminals by imposing gag orders as terms of probation. Dissent is patriotic when the ruling class are illegitimate and oppressive. The ruling class in England appears fearful of the truth. When it bans discussion, and when it criminalizes the truth, any such government can fairly be labeled as both oppressive and tyrannical. I object to the suppression of the truth. England has a proud history and America is its progeny, but it needs to take back its liberty and freedom. ``It's all for nothing if you don't have freedom,'' Braveheart (1995). ____________________