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AGAINST THE PEOPLE: Diane Abbott and Labour MPs say Brits should oppose working-class #FreeTommy movement

DIANE Abbott and fellow Labour MPs have called on Brits to oppose the working-class Free Tommy movement that is gathering momentum across the UK.

The shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, sent an open letter to the people of Britain calling on them to join counter-protests against the “Free Tommy” protest on 14th July in London next month.

Labour and Unions said: “The far right in the UK is mobilising itself around protests over the imprisonment of the former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.”

In a letter that was sent to the Guardian, they said that “a violent group of 15,000 far-right activists protested in support of Robinson in central London on 9 June” they also added that the protest “raised concerns for those who value diversity.”

“It is absolutely vital that all who oppose this come together in a united mass movement powerful enough to drive these new developments on the far right back. Donald Trump has played a major role in galvanising the racist right. We will take to the streets for the Together Against Trump demonstration coinciding with his visit on 13 July. And when Robinson’s supporters take to the streets again on 14 July, we will protest against them too.”

“The racist right are using Robinson to reorganise,” the letter says. It says Nazi salutes and Islamophobia were central features of the protest. At one point demonstrators chased police through the streets of Whitehall.”

“This is the first serious attempt since the collapse of the English Defence League (EDL) to develop a racist street movement and give it a political form. It is supported internationally by notorious figures including from the US and the Dutch Islamophobic right,” the letter says.

Tommy was jailed last month for 13 months after reporting outside the case of a grooming gang in Leeds.

He was arrested, charged, pleaded guilty to contempt of court and was sentenced within five hours.

His imprisonment is an act of state censorship and a threat to free speech.

Five police officers were injured during the demonstration in London after protesters hurled bottles, metal barriers and other objects at police lines.

The letter has more than 50 signatories, including the shadow home secretary, Diane Abbott, the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, the Labour MP David Lammy, the former children’s laureate Michael Rosen and the leaders of every major trade union.

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