On the 22/03/2017 London suffered its first, mass casualty, terror attack in 12 years. Like the majority of the world, we all sat, watching in horror as the events unfolded, worried for the victims, and grieved when the casualty figures came in.
For some though, the events were not tragic, they were an opportunity to further their own extremist agenda.
These are just some of the responses from the far right:
Britain First, within a few hours they had posted a Facebook event, a March Against Terrorism. No words of condolence for the victims, or their families, they just saw an opportunity to cause more problems in a city that will still be reeling from yesterdays events. More policing needed, at a time when the resources will be stretched already
And leader Paul Golding, quickly produced a propaganda video where he blamed everyone for the attacks, except himself and his groups culpability in creating a toxic atmosphere of ‘them and us’, an atmosphere that does more to recruit for Da’esh than Da’esh could ever manage.
We have intentionally not linked to the video, as Britain First have monetized their YouTube account.
Golding must have been devastated when he found out that Abu Izzadeen had been wrongly named and was still in prison.
Tommeh Robinson with his new BFF and videographer could not resist making it all about himself, and how he alone has been correct all these years.
He then just descended into rants, retweets and self promotion, yet, never once showed any empathy for the victims or their families.
LibertyGB just saw an opportunity to attack the London Mayor:
He then used the event to appear on Fox News, promoting Trump’s travel ban:
And NO MENTION WHATSOEVER OF THE VICTIMS
The BNP, reproduced a picture doing the far right rounds of an obviously terrified woman in a hijab, walking past an horrific scene.
And yet somehow forgot to post a picture of a white guy doing exactly the same
More on this can be found here.
The EDL just had to join in of course.
Katy Hopkins was another who saw an opportunity to attack the London Mayor.
And another that used Fox News to further their agenda.
Sadly, we could go on and on here…David Duke posting pictures of the victims with their faces clearly visible, before the police had any chance to inform their relatives. Trump Jnr criticising the London Mayor (a recurring theme throughout social media).
The one thing they all have in common is a blatant disrespect for the victims and their families. To these people, and the random commentators on Facebook etc. the London attack was not a terrible tragedy, it was an opportunity. An opportunity to spread more division, more hate – to further their own extremist agendas. And of course, in many cases, to further line their own pockets
Thankfully, the community that has come under the most attack after the events reacted differently.
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A quick addition.
Arron Banks, the man who wants to build Ukip 2.0 (but remember, Brexit was never about racism…).