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
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
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.