BELFAST: The leader of the far-right group Britain First was arrested in Northern Ireland on Thursday over speeches made at a Belfast rally.
Paul Golding, 35, was detained after accompanying his deputy, Jayda Fransen, to a court appearance in Belfast, where she faces charges of “using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour” at the same rally.
Northern Ireland’s police service confirmed on Twitter that detectives investigating speeches made at a rally protesting terrorism in August had arrested a 35-year-old man in the Belfast area.
Britain First’s deputy Fransen gained international attention recently after U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted videos she had posted which sought to portray Muslims as violent and dangerous. British Prime Minister condemned Trump’s retweets as “wrong” and called Britain First a “hateful organization.”
Fransen was found guilty last year of religiously aggravated harassment of a Muslim woman.