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Campbell writes: "This is the dramatic moment a group of far-right Trump supporters tried to arrest Sadiq Khan while quoting the Magna Carta."

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during the opening ceremony of the World Athletic Championships. (photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters)
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan during the opening ceremony of the World Athletic Championships. (photo: Matthew Childs/Reuters)


Far-Right Trump Supporters Try to Arrest London Mayor

By Scott Campbell, The Daily Mail

14 January 18


Men stormed Fabian Society conference moments after mayor took to the stage. Sadiq Khan's speech had to be suspended for several minutes during the protest. It appeared to have been sparked by Mr Khan's comments about Donald Trump's decision to cancel his UK visit.

his is the dramatic moment a group of far-right Trump supporters tried to arrest Sadiq Khan while quoting the Magna Carta.

The men stormed the Fabian Society conference in London moments after the mayor took to the stage and accused him of 'subverting the English constitution'.

Mr Khan's speech had to be suspended for several minutes as the demonstrators from a group called the White Pendragons were escorted out by police.

The chaos appeared to have been sparked by Mr Khan's comments about the US President's decision to cancel his UK visit.

Mr Trump claimed he pulled out of opening the new American embassy in London because he disagreed with the decision to sell off the old building for 'peanuts'.

But Mr Khan said it was clear that Mr Trump had 'got the message that many Londoners' did not want him here.

As the London Mayor started to speak at today's event, the protesters stood up and shouted that they were making a 'citizen's arrest'.

The men - who got into the event by buying tickets - also vowed to take the panel's chair Kate Green MP into custody as well as Sir Keir Starmer and general secretary Andrew Harrop.

They then told guards that they were attempting to arrest the politicians under 'common law jurisdiction' and the Magna Carta - the 13th-century document that is often regarded as the foundation of the modern legal system.

As fellow demonstrators waved anti-EU signs and American flags, one of the group yelled: 'Ladies and gentleman, we are here today to make a peaceful, non-violent citizens arrest of those being named.

'They are Sadiq Khan, Keir Starmer, Kate Green MP and Andrew Harrop.

'We stand under common law jurisdiction. If you touch us you will be done for common assault. Do not touch us. We're not leaving, I've paid for a ticket.'

One of the protesters was English Defence League member Dave Russell, a self-described talk show host from London. He live-streamed the protest to his Facebook account racking up thousands of views.

Amid heckles and chants of 'scum', chair Kate Green MP told the audience: 'I can assure you nobody is leaving and when the police arrive you will be able to talk to them.

'Those who would like to speak to the police can do so when they arrive. those who want to have a discussion about the future Labour government can stay in this hall.'

When Mr Khan resumed his speech after the protesters were escorted from the venue by police, he took a dig at the American president who recently described himself as a 'very stable genius'.

Mr Khan told delegates: 'It is a pleasure to be here even though we were distracted by the actions of what some would call very stable geniuses.'

The mayor and US president have clashed publicly a number of times over issues like counter terrorism and Mr Trump's proposed state visit to the UK.

The mayor also tried to make light of the protest with a reference to Prime Minister Theresa May's Tory conference speech, which was interrupted by a prankster, saying: 'On the plus side I wasn't served with a P45.'


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+3 # ddd-rrr 2018-01-14 11:54
This looks to me like a "Brown-Shirt" fascistic response
to free speech in a still free and democratic society.
 
 
+15 # draypoker 2018-01-14 13:58
There are neo-fascists about but probably they have little electoral support. To cite Magna Carta is ludicrous.
 
 
+2 # draypoker 2018-01-15 08:43
The current London Mayor is a great improvement on his predecessor - Boris Johnson - who spent public money on ludicrous vanity projects such as the proposed bridge over the Thames, cancelled by Mr Khan.

Johnson of course has gone on to exercise his incompetence and ignorance in the Foreign Office where he does harm on a larger stage than in London.
 
 
+3 # treerapper 2018-01-15 09:00
Once again, DT bringing out the worst scum so it can stifle anything progressive. White supremacy needs to be parried at every turn and rejected wherever it crawls out from under a rock.
 

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