UK police arrest people for political pamphlet.
On Saturday 22 Nov 2008, UK police arrested 12 British National
Party members for handing out a "racist" political pamphlet in
The British National Party, or BNP, is a nationalist "white-rights"
party, which in recent years has gained support due to its otherwise
unrepresented combination of anti-immigration and anti-globalization
policies. The BNP, whilst taking a far from center position on
many matters, is a registered political party which claims 50 elected
members of council in the UK.
The pamphlet, titled "Racism cuts both ways", is a relatively sober
account of immigrant violence towards UK residents. While clearly
being designed to support the BNP's anti-immigration policy platform
and occasionally rhetorically overstating its case, it is typical
of campaign material and can not be said to be any sort of incitement.
Wikileaks spokesman Jay Lim stated "The UK is increasingly viewed
as medievil backwater with the worst speech protections in the
Western world. We deplore the arrest of members of a registered
political party for distributing what is clearly a political pamphlet
supporting political policy positions."
"If there is any example of speech which must be protected, surely
political pamphleting is it. While we may not personally agree with
the BNP's policies, the BNP must be permitted to state its case,
and other parties and must be permitted to respond in kind. " he added.
Last Tuesday Wikileaks exposed 12,801 BNP members and contacts
and several internal BNP emails.