FREE SPEECH: Hundreds March Outside Downing Street to #FreeDankula


This is the first of two articles on the “Free Dankula” protest. To read part two click HERE

On Monday the roads around Trafalgar Square and Whitehall were temporarily shut off for a march that really shouldn’t have taken place. Why shouldn’t it have taken place? The answer is simple: the injustice it was protesting is the sort of injustice that you’d hope to only find in the realms of absurdist satire. As you’ve probably heard by now, a Scotsman named Mark Meechan (better known as ‘Count Dankula’ on YouTube) was arrested and later convicted for making a YouTube video in which he teaches a Pug to be “the least cute thing [he] could think of”, which happened to be a Nazi. Yesterday Meechan was sentenced to a £800 fine.

This protest march, organised by the Liberalists and Meechan’s fellow YouTuber Carl Benjamin (‘Sargon of Akkad’), featured a march from Leicester Square to Downing Street where various commentators gave an address on this case and surrounding issues of free speech and political correctness, including a speech from Sargon on whether Enoch Powell was right.

What was particularly encouraging about this event – aside from the incredible turnout and the bagpipes that accompanied the march, playing old Scottish favourites like ‘Highland Laddie’ – was that in true free speech spirit once the scheduled speakers had given their thoughts members of the audience were invited to step up to the soapbox, take the megaphone and give their thoughts on the matter.

While no doubt some establishment media outlets would decry the protest’s defence of Meechan and his “grossly offensive” joke as being racist, anti-Semitic etc. there was an extremely impressive diversity in the crowd and in the speakers. Those in attendance and invited to speak included Jews, Muslims and people from many different countries including Germany, Hungary and America. It was, in fact, one of the Americans – a UKIP member and a prolific outspoken figure at the University of Kent – who gave the most memorable speech and received a reaction great enough to rival Sargon’s! You can watch it below:

 

This is the first of two articles on the “Free Dankula” protest. To read part two click HERE

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5 Responses

  1. MIKE MAUNDER says:

    OK Joe Simons. I would not have done what Meechan did. It was offensive, not very funny, and certainly not cleaver ! – There is a saying that states, two wrongs don’t make a right. This seems to fit this situation rather too well ! Meechan overstepped the mark with his daft prank, and had he taken a few moments, he would have seen his stupidity. But then look at the response by the Police and the Courts ! What would have been dealt with by a thick-ear, or a kick to the backside in my day, went into overkill, with a Police arrest and action in the Courts. The Authorities seemed happy to take action, that can only be seen as a kick to our freedom of speech, and all this due to a mindless and dumb children’s prank ! There is good argument for administering a thick-ear !

    • Joe Simons says:

      Personally I would say that in the context of his video the joke was fine. His video mocks the Nazis rather than praises them. He prefaces the video by saying that he wanted to turn his girlfriend’s cute little dog into the least cute thing he could think of, which was naturally a Nazi. It’s worth seeing the evidence first-hand, which has even been praised as funny by David Baddiel, who is himself a Jew:

  2. The real purposes of these prosecutions are
    (a) virtue-signalling, while turning a blind eye to the criminal fascist behaviour of thugs like the Orwellianly-named Antifa, effectively the Labour Party’s militant hit squad; and
    (b) distraction from the disgusting failure on the part of law enforcement (police, CPS, judiciary) to deal with actual violent crime, which spirals out of control in the capital etc., while focussed on make-believe “hate crimes” most of which are sheer nonsense.

    • Simon Blanchard says:

      The real purpose of this prosecution was pure politics, to make an example to others to chill public debate on social media. 3 million views and no one was offended. This will be the first of many other convictions, now the courts have a precedent.
      Notice the Scottish police leaked to the Press that they were arresting Count Dankula and were there waiting outside his house when the police arrived.
      The Sheriff’s court has no Jury trial system, it has bench trials, so the whole prosecution was controlled by carefully selected judges that determined his guilt, before Dankula even walked into the courtroom. Not leave any chances to be tried by his peers in a jury trial that would undoubtedly found him not guilty. Part of this process is also to drag out the “trial” for as long as possible, so defendant give in and plead guilty. However they picked on the wrong guy who was prepared to go to prison to defend his right for free speech.

  1. 6:54 pm, April 26, 2018

    […] On Monday I travelled to London with my American friend – and fellow University of Kent student – Jackson to take part in a march from Leicester Square to Downing Street, in order to support free speech and show solidarity with Mark Meechan, the man who was recently fined £800 for making a joke. This was an event that had been organised by a group called the Liberalists as well as YouTuber Sargon of Akkad. If you’d like to read about the events of the day you can click here. […]

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