British authorities have banned conservative Canadian blogger and non-fiction author Lauren Southern from entering the country for “distributing racist materials” in Luton, provoking an angry reaction on Twitter.
Lauren Southern, a right-wing Youtube personality who advocates stricter border and entry denials for people from non-European cultures, tweeted earlier this week, that the UK Home office had banned her from the country “for ‘racism’”.
Southern also claimed that UK border police detained her in Calais under the UK terrorism act and held her for some time.
The order, later posted by one of her supporters and right-wing commentator Katie Hopkins, stated that a Canadian was banned for her February activities in Luton, UK. She is said to have distributed racist materials. The document stated her “actions while in the United Kingdom present a threat to the fundamental interests of society and to the public policy of the United Kingdom.”
Southern revealed the materials referred to by the police: leaflets reading “Allah is gay,” and “LGBT for Islam UK.” She handed them out alongside British right commentator Caolan Robertson; they presented themselves as LGBT activists.
The blond Internet celebrity told Breitbart News, “It was for a social experiment video comparing people’s reactions when this statement was applied to different gods.” According to the outlet, she was allegedly threatened with the confiscation and subsequent hacking of her phone if she refused to give up her password. Southern claimed she was asked whether she is a radical and how she felt about running Muslims over with cars.
The incident caught the attention of commentators on Twitter, who judged the decision and the reaction of the authorities, e.g. Home Secretary Amber Rudd.
Commenting on the case, the Home Office told Broadly “Border Force has the power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the UK is not conducive to the public good.”
It’s not her first incident with law enforcement. The Italian coast guard got Southern in May 2017, after the woman tried to block a NGO ship rescuing migrants from North Africa from the sea. She also called “Black Lives Matter movement” a “divisive, violent movement that has fascistic tendencies.”