Police in the UK reportedly forced a Sunderland shop owner to remove a sign reading “DON’T FUND TERRORISM” after a Muslim in the area complained.
According to Rebel Media, Fletcher posted the sign in reference to reports that Muslim corner shops in the area were being used to launder money for terrorist organizations overseas.
Fletcher’s sign apparently “provoked outrage” with a Muslim who owns a shop on the same street as the one with the sign decrying terrorism.
Police reportedly got involved in the matter, threatening to arrest the shop owner if he did not remove the sign.
The shop owner – named Fletcher – reportedly resisted until, according to a Rebel Media video report, police threatened to take away his liquor license, which would have been devastating for his business.
“So, you livelihood, they’re going to stop you earning money and providing for your family,” says Rebel Media’s Tommy Robinson in the video report.
“So basically, they’re working for the Muslim shopkeeper to come and force you, and in the end bully you, for your livelihood to take the sign down.”
“What’s wrong with ‘don’t fund terrorism?'” Robinson proceeds to ask rhetorically in the clip.
Robinson goes on to state that Rebel Media encourages Fletcher to put the sign back up and will raise money to keep a lawyer on retainer in the event that police return to the shop.
“I think we have to take a stand on this issue,” Robinson states in the report.
Information regarding how to support Fletcher can be found here on Rebel Media’s website.
This is not the first time European police have been accused of having skewed priorities.
As previously reported, German police raided the homes of 36 largely right-wing individuals accused of sharing hateful posts on social media.
“Our free society must not allow a climate of fear, threat, criminal violence, and violence either on the street or on the internet,” Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office president Holger Münch said at the time.
Back in the United Kingdom, a man was sentenced to 20 months in prison after Sussex Police claim he “used Facebook to express his hatred for Muslims.”
— Sussex Police (@sussex_police) June 20, 2017