Saturday, 9 April 2011

Welsh BNP election candidate arrested over Qur'an burning

Sion Owen, a Welsh BNP activist and close confidant of Nick Griffin has been arrested for burning the Quoran. The burning was filmed and streamed onto You Tube. Owen's arrest follows an Observer investigation.

Sion Own is also a regional candidate for the BNP on the South West Wales Regional list for the Welsh Assembly.

Behaviour true to form for the BNP then!


Dylan said...

Much as I think the man is a moron, it is still absolutely disgusting that this should be a matter for police

glynbeddau said...

Perhaps it would be better to refer to him as a "BNP candidate in Wales" rather than a "Welsh BNP candidate".

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Are you trying to deny the possibility that some Welsh people are racists and members of the BNP.

Anonymous said...

Dylan, it's rightly a Police issue because it's insighting hatred. Agree with Plaid Gwersyllt, given the guy's name we can fairly safely assume this bigot is Welsh

glynbeddau said...

No. I'm denying yjr BNP the honour of being called Welsh as all racists should be denied.

Jac o' the North said...

There's an election coming up so some of those standing will do just about anything to put themselves about, get publicity. Kissing babies, frightening the elderly in retirement homes, writing letters to newspapers, 'supporting' just about any local campaign that might get them a few votes, etc., etc.

So this nutter goes a bit further and garners undreamed of publicity with the added possibility of becoming a 'martyr'. All he needs now is a fatwah and he's half-way to the fascist pantheon. More practically, from his point of view, the more 'intolerance' he can generate against him the better he's likely to do in the election.

So why wasn't he just ignored?

Lisa said...

"Dylan, it's rightly a Police issue because it's insighting hatred."

So what if it is? Nobody has the right not to be offended. As long as the copy of the Quran is his own he can do whatever the hell he likes with it.

"Inciting hatred" is vague and therefore meaningless. The man is a prat but arresting him for harmlessly setting a mass-produced chunk of paper on fire is madness and worryingly authoritarian.

Anonymous said...

It's not an offence to burn a book, but when you burn a book and film it you obviously want the act to be publicised. It doesn't take a genius to work out what the intention is/was - to stir up tension and antagonise a specific community.
If someone burnt something precious to you (never mind a holy book for some people) and posted it on Youtube, I think you'd be offended.

Plaid Gwersyllt said...

Nobody has the right not to be offended.

Of course they have, its enshrined into numerous Public Order legislation including common law and the 1936 Public Order Act specifically passed to address Moseley's Fascists!