Far-right activist and founder of English Defence League, a counter-jihadist street movement, Tommy Robinson, receives donation of about £20,000 in Bitcoin.
Tommy, who was recently released on bail after a 13-month jail term for contempt of court was reversed, is a rightist political figure who wrote for The Rebel Media and wrote an autobiography, Enemy of the State, and Mohammed’s Koran: Why Muslims Kill for Islam, with Peter McLoughlin.
Tommy is also a former member of the British National Party (BNP). He founded English Defence League in 2009 which gained momentum after it’s demonstrations against Muslim community. In 2011, EDL’s members were arrested plotting to bomb mosques and links were revealed with a Norwegian far-right mass murderer.
English Defence League has a monopoly on many internet outlets and has a widespread audience all over the world. Numerous platform and discussion hubs are also working tirelessly to broadcast the anti-Islamism message.
In May 2018, Robinson was sentenced to 13 months’ imprisonment for contempt of court after publishing a Facebook Live video of defendants entering a law court, contrary to a court order to prevent reporting those trials while proceedings were ongoing.
Right-wing media outlets including Fox News, Breitbart and Robinson’s former employer, Rebel Media, also flocked to his cause over the last two months, alongside high-profile figures including Donald Trump Jr. and actress Roseanne Barr, and internet personalities associated with the so-called alt-right.
He was released 2 days ago and his release has been widely celebrated by his supporters who chanted in a deafening din, “He’s coming home, he’s coming home, Tommy’s coming home” to the tune of the England World Cup football song.
Fans of Robinson’s official Facebook page have increased by almost 10 percent, to just over 830,000 followers, since he was jailed in May.
The rise is nearly 20 percent on YouTube, to 230,000, where the far right activist, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, encourages viewers to support his work with Bitcoin contributions.
People from all over the world have chipped in for this cause. The amount include almost £200,000 in bitcoin out of which £5,500 is from a single transaction to his wallet on the day he was jailed.
Nick Lowles, chief executive of Hope Not Hate, called Robinson a dangerous extremist attempting to unite the far right around Islamophobia rather than a martyr for free speech.
Heidi Beirich, deputy director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, a U.S. organization that monitors U.S. hate groups, said called the amount of Robinson’s support “extraordinary.”
After Robinson appealed the jail term, London judges overturned the contempt finding, granted conditional bail and called for a new hearing.
The judges added: “It was unclear what conduct was said to comprise a breach of that order and the appellant was sentenced on the basis of conduct which fell outside the scope of that order.
The decision at Leeds crown court to proceed to committal to prison so promptly and without due regard for [part] of the rules gave rise to unfairness.
The judge might have referred the matter to the attorney general to consider whether to institute proceedings. That course would have avoided the risk of sacrificing fairness on the altar of celerity.”
Crypto’s entrance to this scenario once again establishes its decentralization and it’s utility. There are no middle payment services to cut off wired funds in the traditional sense. Those who would rather not broadcast their support because they fear the wrath of government can help any given cause with just a few clicks. The receiver can then either hold onto the digital assets, spend them, or some combination.