Jayda Fransen, the former deputy leader of ultranationalist right-wing Britain First group, was convicted of inciting hatred for a speech about Islam in Belfast in 2017, while leader Paul Golding was acquitted.
Fransen was also separately convicted for additional comments she made while filming at the peace wall in the city. District Judge George Conner said her speech at the ‘Northern Ireland Against Terrorism’ event was
a “vehement attack against a religious group,” the BBC reports.
She told attendees that Muslims are “baying for our blood,” and that “Islam says every single one of you wonderful
people here today deserves to be killed.” Fransen added that it was time to come together against “the one common enemy.”
“I’m satisfied these words were intended to stir up hatred and arouse
fear,” Judge Conner said at the trial.
In December 2017, Fransen also claimed that the “Islamification” of Britain would see walls like the peace walls separating Catholic and Protestant neighborhoods in Belfast popping up around the UK. She
said it was “descending into civil war”and that it was time to “rise up against the biggest threat against the entire world.”
Britain First leader Paul Golding, John Banks, and Paul Rimmer
were acquitted on similar charges as the judge found that while “ugly,” their comments weren’t illegal.
All four defendants were accused of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words intended to stir up hatred or arouse fear. Their defense argued they were entitled
to free expression.
Fransen was jailed for four months in March 2018 after being convicted of three counts of religiously aggravated harassment for distributing leaflets and posting videos during a gang-rape trial in England. She announced she was leaving
Britain First in January for a new beginning, saying “something big” was coming.
She will be sentenced at Belfast Magistrates’ Court in May.
Tahnee Gonzales and Elizabeth Dauenhauer are both facing charges of third-degree burglary and aggravated criminal damage, both felonies, court records
show. Gonzales also faces three misdemeanor charges of child endangerment and one misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
As Huffpost previously reported, the two women were arrested and booked into the Tempe City Jail on March 15 after their Facebook Live footage prompted local police to launch an investigation.
Both women were released from jail without being required to post bail. Instead, they are required to wear electronic monitors and are prohibited from possessing any weapons, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
The women are scheduled to be in court in Mesa, Arizona, for a court-ordered meetingon March 29, followed by a preliminary hearing
on April 5.
In a series of videos posted to Facebook that have since been taken down, the women can be seen circling the Islamic Community Center of Tempe while spewing hateful comments, entering the mosque’s gated playground despite the “no trespassing”
signs, and tearing down flyers from a billboard ― all while encouraging the children to do the same.
“Be careful, because Muslims are waiting
to rape you,” one of the children can be heard telling the others in the video.
The children can then be seen climbing on the mosque’s
funeral van while one of the women warns them about the “dead Muslims” and “sex goats” that she claims were stored in the truck.
The brazen theft of the flyers, coupled with the racist disinformation that the young
children in the video could be heard repeating, has alarmed the Muslim community in Arizona ― though it does not come as a shock. Islamophobia and aggression against mosques are at an all-time high in the United States.
crime will also be considered during sentencing, Det. Liliana Duran of the Tempe Police Department told HuffPost at the time of the arrest.