Ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson joins hundreds of supporters in a car park outside the BBC’s Manchester HQ to demonstrate against Panorama’s investigations into him

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by Connnor Boyd, Daily Mail:

  • Supporters of Robinson, real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, gathered at Media City this morning
  • Video of Robinson declaring himself the ‘king of the whole Islam race’ was played on big screens at protest 
  • About 300m away, anti-fascist demonstrators held counter-protest waving ‘Stop fascist Robinson’ placards
  • Some of Robinson’s supporters wore England flags around their shoulders while others had hi-vis waistcoats – copying the gilets juanes in France

Supporters of ex-EDL leader Tommy Robinson protested outside the BBC‘s Salford headquarters today.

The demonstration was organised in response to the BBC programme Panorama’s investigation into Robinson – whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon.

Some supporters of the UKIP adviser had already gathered at Media City by 11am. A video of Robinson declaring himself the ‘king of the whole Islam race’, which had been reported earlier this month, was played on screen after the documentary. Afterwards, Robinson said: ‘F*** you, fake news’.

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson as he addresses his supporters outside the BBC's Salford headquarters today

Former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson as he addresses his supporters outside the BBC’s Salford headquarters today

A video of Robinson declaring himself the 'king of the whole Islam race' was played on the big screen 

A video of Robinson declaring himself the ‘king of the whole Islam race’ was played on the big screen

Some of the UKIP adviser's followers wore hi-vis waistcoats - copying the gilets juanes protesters in France - with 'Free Tommy' printed on the back

Some of the UKIP adviser’s followers wore hi-vis waistcoats – copying the gilets juanes protesters in France – with ‘Free Tommy’ printed on the back

As the demonstration came to an end, Robinson, who held a placard which read ‘BBC Fake News’, said: ‘What a day… I’m going to get drunk.’

About 300m away, anti-fascist demonstrators held a counter-protest. They held placards with slogans including ‘Stand up to racism’ and ‘Stop the fascist Tommy Robinson’.

A number of police officers and vehicles were in the area and temporary metal barriers had been placed around all of the BBC buildings. Several restaurants were closed.

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