Cry Freedom! Vigils for Tommy Across Europe
englishdefenceleague 29 November 2012
Europe marks ‘Free Tommy Day’
November 24th 2012 may not ever be reported in any history book, but it will be remembered by many as day the people of Europe came together in the cause of liberty and justice. Saturday 24th November 2012 became ‘International Free Tommy Day’.
The cry of ‘Freedom!’ resounded around the great cities of Europe where vigils were held from Vienna to Paris. All held to show solidarity with the EDL and our demonstration outside Wandsworth Prison in London.
On August 3, 1914 at the outbreak of the First World War, Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Falladon said the memorable words "The lamps are going out all over Europe; we shall not see them lit again in our lifetime." Nearly a hundred years later, with the freedom of us all as much at stake as it ever was, we face a different enemy, and the lamps are being lit in vigils across the whole of Europe in silent protest.
Our European friends turned out on Saturday to show their support for Tommy and to protest at his political imprisonment. They called upon the British government to release him and shame the British government into action and to live up to the European Charter on Human Rights that they are so careful not to contravene when it comes to Abu Qatada and co! A silent and not so silent vigil was held in six cities around Europe.
The French led the proceedings in typical Gallic style and flair holding their demonstration just off the Champs Elysee by the statue of Winston Churchill. Candles were lit to spell out the message ‘Free Tommy’. Several speakers addressed the crowds pointing out the human rights violations of the British government, how they were damaging democracy and the democratic process. The video can be seen here. Here too are some of the photographs from the day!
In Berlin, once again our German cousins did us proud holding not one but four vigils around the country. There were vigils in Berlin, Dusseldorf, Hamburg and Bielefeld. The protest at Berlin was in sight of the Brandenburg gate and not far from the British Embassy.
And From Dusseldorf
And from Bielafeld:
In Vienna, the protest was held close the memorial to the victims of the Gestapo, the vicious, secret police of the Nazi state. It’s ironic that outside a memorial for the victims of the state arm of Nazi Europe there are calls to free Tommy Robinson from state incarceration.
All in all six cities held vigils for Tommy and news of his political imprisonment has been discussed on Canadian television. There is now even a blog to highlight Tommy’s plight which can be found here: http://freetommy.info.
To all our European cousins who organised and turned up for the vigils across the continent we, the EDL would like to give you a big thank you for your support and for efforts in helping us try and secure Tommy’s release. Herzlichen dank, to our German and Austrian brothers and sisters, likewise, Merci mes amis to our comrades in France and thank you to all who turned up in the cold and wet at Wandsworth. It made the day a big success!
But the day has passed. In the words of a certain famous Prime Minister:
"...this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. but it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”
We shall continue with our vigils and protests until Tommy is back with us.
No Surrender Ever!