Euro election candidate arrested in race row storm

Euro election candidate arrested in race row storm

Euro election candidate arrested in race row storm

First published in News

A EUROPEAN election candidate from Dorset has been arrested on suspicion of ‘religious or racial harassment’.

Liberty GB candidate Paul Weston had been reading a Winston Churchill quote describing Islam as ‘militant’ and ‘retrograde’ through a megaphone outside Winchester’s Guildhall on Saturday.

Standing on the steps of the Guildhall, he addressed passers-by with an excerpt from former Prime Minister Churchill’s book The River War, written in 1899 while he was a British army officer in the Sudan.

Police were called after complaints from members of the public, and the 50-year-old was told to disperse but failed to do so.

A spokesman for Hampshire Constabulary said: “He was further arrested on suspicion of religious or racial harassment.

“He has been bailed pending further enquiries to report back to police on May 24.”

Weston is one of three Liberty GB candidates standing to represent the South East as MEPs.

Defending his actions, Mr Weston said: “I thought there was no point in competing with UKIP in terms of talking about the European Union, so I would talk to the people of Winchester about Islam.”

But he has been heavily criticised by fellow MEP candidates.There are 118 candidates from 15 parties taking part in the election on May 22.

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10:37am Mon 28 Apr 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

The 50-year-old was told to disperse but failed to do so.
How does one person disperse? Dictionary definition - To scatter in different directions.
Echo journalism at its finest!
The 50-year-old was told to disperse but failed to do so. How does one person disperse? Dictionary definition - To scatter in different directions. Echo journalism at its finest! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 7

10:57am Mon 28 Apr 14

cosmick says...

Echo journalism would be better if it reported the names of party candidates for the upcomming elections, after all it is a newspaper? The names were free to acess last Thursday.
Echo journalism would be better if it reported the names of party candidates for the upcomming elections, after all it is a newspaper? The names were free to acess last Thursday. cosmick
  • Score: 1

11:13am Mon 28 Apr 14

shy talk says...

I do not condone this sort of behaviour by Paul Weston. Attitudes in 1899 were totally different then today. Churchill’s book and his account of Islam, contain some very uncomfortable truths that ring true today.

Go to Wickipedia enter The River War to see the full quote and form your own opinion. I suspect if I copied and pasted the whole quote I would be censored.

Ref :http://en.wikipedia
.org/wiki/The_River_
War
I do not condone this sort of behaviour by Paul Weston. Attitudes in 1899 were totally different then today. Churchill’s book and his account of Islam, contain some very uncomfortable truths that ring true today. Go to Wickipedia enter The River War to see the full quote and form your own opinion. I suspect if I copied and pasted the whole quote I would be censored. Ref :http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/The_River_ War shy talk
  • Score: 1

3:40pm Mon 28 Apr 14

JamesYoung says...

shy talk wrote:
I do not condone this sort of behaviour by Paul Weston. Attitudes in 1899 were totally different then today. Churchill’s book and his account of Islam, contain some very uncomfortable truths that ring true today.

Go to Wickipedia enter The River War to see the full quote and form your own opinion. I suspect if I copied and pasted the whole quote I would be censored.

Ref :http://en.wikipedia

.org/wiki/The_River_

War
We don't know the context of this fellow's rants. I hope, though, that it was significantly worse than that outlined in the above article. If not, i am really concerned about what is happening to free speech in this country.
[quote][p][bold]shy talk[/bold] wrote: I do not condone this sort of behaviour by Paul Weston. Attitudes in 1899 were totally different then today. Churchill’s book and his account of Islam, contain some very uncomfortable truths that ring true today. Go to Wickipedia enter The River War to see the full quote and form your own opinion. I suspect if I copied and pasted the whole quote I would be censored. Ref :http://en.wikipedia .org/wiki/The_River_ War[/p][/quote]We don't know the context of this fellow's rants. I hope, though, that it was significantly worse than that outlined in the above article. If not, i am really concerned about what is happening to free speech in this country. JamesYoung
  • Score: 3

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