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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Boy in England Arrested for Antiwar Remarks on Facebook

England certainly hasn't been a bastion of freedom at any point in my lifetime but this news is still quite troubling and infuriating. Americans should take notice, and not be so presumptuous and naive as to think such measures aren't being put in place here.

Azhar Ahmed is the latest victim of a concerted effort to redefine racism as "anything that could conceivably offend white people". Ahmed is being prosecuted by police over a statement that appeared on his Facebook page. The police say it is a "racially aggravated public order offence"...

...A spokesperson for Yorkshire police said: "He didn't make his point very well and that is why he has landed himself in bother." So, the penalty for not making a point "very well" is prosecution and potentially a sentence of up to six months in prison. The suggestion, though, is that aside from being "racially aggravated" this statement constitutes an incitement to disorder. Of course, it is considerably more even-tempered than some sentiments I have expressed myself in the past, though I won't suffer arrest or prosecution for it.

Read the rest here.
The Guardian

Drew Martin,
Blogger, THL
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