Over the weekend, a man in the United Kingdom was arrested over a Facebook post which arranged the LGBT “Pride” flags into a Swastika symbol and purportedly caused someone “anxiety.”
“Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. And that is why you’re being arrested.”
“Someone has been caused anxiety based on your social media post. And that is why you’re being arrested.” British policing, 2022. pic.twitter.com/D4MZhbXq08
— Paul Embery (@PaulEmbery) July 30, 2022
According to Reclaim the Net, the image has been widely shared around the internet, including on the account of actor and activist Laurence Fox, who was on the scene at the time of the arrest and told police they’d “have to arrest all of us” if they carried through with the action.
Former UK police officer and chairman of the UK political party Reclaim, Harry Miller, was also on the scene and subsequently arrested for attempting to obstruct the arrest of the man the police were after.
Miller himself has been visited by police over a “non-crime hate incident” stemming from a tweet he posted, but an appeals court ultimately ruled that police recording of “non-crime hate incidents” was unlawful.
Over the weekend, however, as police refused to tell Miller what the man they sought to arrest had done, he was ultimately detained and placed in a police van for obstruction. All the officers office is that the man posted a “homophobic” image to which “somebody has taken offense,” making him “a suspect for a crime.
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