Far-right supporters of Tommy Robinson have reportedly performed Nazi salutes at rallies calling for the former English Defence League (EDL) leader to be released from prison. Robinson was jailed for 13 months after admitting committing contempt of court by live streaming details of a trial.
The Nazi salute, also known as the Hitler salute, is grossly offensive to Jews and is a well-known fascist gesture. Use of the Nazi salute is illegal in Germany where it is punishable by up to three years in prison.
The Independent has published disturbing footage of a man repeatedly performing a Nazi salute while holding a banner stating “F*** Islam” at a rally in Whitehall, London on 9th June. The news website also reported that another T0mmy Robinson supporter was photographed performing a Nazi salute at a rally in Belfast.
Michael Bradley, a coordinator for Stand Up to Racism, attended the rally in London and told The Independent that: “There were loads of people doing Nazi salutes during the day” and added that: “Most of the fascist right in Britain were on that demonstration.”
Anybody with information which might help to identify the perpetrators should contact the police by calling 101.