Austrian activist Sellner, a member of Génération Identitaire and his girlfriend, American author and vlogger Brittany Pettibone, have been detained by airport police in England for at least three days.
Nobody from the US State Department or embassy contacted Pettibone’s family to inform them of the detention.
Pettibone and Sellner banned from UK https://t.co/NnxoR3s1Hv
— Lauren Southern (@Lauren_Southern) March 10, 2018
Sellner was going to deliver a speech which authorities say would have caused “tension among local communities and possibly incite hatred”.
“Yesterday, Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone were detained by the UK Government and effectively declared political dissidents. The government has decided that Martin’s talk about free speech is too dangerous to be heard. Don’t worry, some of our activists will be reading his speech at Speakers’ Corner at noon tomorrow in his stead. We can’t allow either the far left or the government to silence us,” a statement from the UK GI chapter read.
Sellner frequently speaks out about the dangers which Europeans face by taking in a flood of migrants. He was going to speak at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park on Sunday.
Pettibone had managed to call a journalist, Nick Monroe on Saturday afternoon from the detention center to inform him of the development.
She told him that she has not been permitted to speak to Sellner. They were detained in separate cells suggesting theat they were held in solitary confinement. She later managed to speak to other journalists.
I've just spoken to @BrittPettibone by phone. She is doing ok, being held in a separate facility from @Martin_Sellner . She told me one reason they had been detained because Martin is a member of a "known right-wing group."
— Chris Tomlinson 🏴🇬🇧🇨🇦 (@TomlinsonCJ) March 10, 2018
One of the reasons given for the detention was that they were planning to interview British journalist Tommy Robinson.
According to Pettibone, she was being detained for planning to “interview Tommy Robinson”. An Immigration officer had compared Tommy to the KKK.
Just spoke to Brittany on the prison payphone. She said she is being detained for planning to ‘Interview Tommy Robinson’. Immigration officer compared Robinson to the KKK. She’s not allowed to leave and has been there for 2 days. Not allowed to speak to or see her partner Martin.
— Caolan Robertson (@CaolanRob) March 10, 2018
Sellner’s speech for the @YIofficial conference had been cancelled for the second time, due to security risks caused by left wing threats. Sellner had said he would speak at Speaker’s Corner instead.
My speech for the @YIofficial conference was cancelled for the 2nd time, due to security risks caused by left wing threats.
But we wont be silencend. On Sunday the 11th I will give my speech on Speakers Corner and I invite everybody who had a ticket for the conference to come! pic.twitter.com/3FRWZLYXXW
— Martin Sellner (@Martin_Sellner) March 6, 2018
Sellner’s pledge to speak at Speaker’s Corner “comes after a planned ‘free speech’ conference of Ukip’s youth wing, Young Independence, this weekend was cancelled amid alleged ‘security threats,’” the Evening Standard reported.
According to the Evening Standard, the Home Office had previously refused to comment. In a statement early on Saturday morning, the Office said however: “The Home Secretary may exclude an EEA national on the grounds of public policy or security, if they pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat.”
Robinson has meanwhile been attacked by a mob of leftist Antifa thugs.