The leaders of the racist far-right British group that President Donald Trump promoted on Twitter were arrested Thursday, The Guardian reports.
In November, Trump retweeted three racist propaganda videos purporting to show acts of violence by Muslims in one of his most shocking acts of bigotry yet.
The videos were titled, “VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!”; “VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!”; and “Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!”
Trump retweeted the videos after they were posted to the account of Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen.
The Guardian reports that Fransen, 31, and Britain First leader Paul Golding, 35, were arrested after arriving at Belfast magistrates court Thursday.
Golding had accompanied Fransen to her first court appearance after she was charged with “using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behavior” at a rally in Belfast.
Golding was arrested in connection with speeches he made at the rally.
“Detectives investigating speeches made at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally on Sunday 6 August this year have arrested a 35-year-old man today, Thursday 14 December, in the Belfast area,” The Police Service of Northern Ireland said in a statement. “He has been taken to Musgrave PSNI station for interview. There are no further details at this stage.”
Fransen’s charges also stemmed from a speech she gave at the rally, which was attended by approximately 50 people.
In her court appearance, Judge Fiona Bagnall considered limiting Fransen’s use of social media as part of her bail terms but decided against it. Instead, she ordered Fransen to stay at least 500 meters away from any rally or demonstration in Northern Ireland.
She was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court again in January. After the court proceeding ended, however, she was arrested on separate charges over an incident in Belfast on Wednesday.
“Detectives investigating an incident at a peace wall in Belfast on Wednesday 14 December, have arrested a 31-year-old woman in the Belfast area today,” police said in a statement. “She has been taken to Musgrave PSNI Station for interview. There are no further details at this stage.”
Earlier this week, Fransen also spoke in Belfast in a video posted to the Britain First Facebook page, ranting about the “Islamification of the mainland” and calling a mosque in Belfast the “den of iniquity.”
Police said the remarks were made in a speech on Tuesday and they are investigating that rally as well.
The arrest comes after Fransen’s videos sparked an international dispute between Trump and British Prime Minister Theresa May.
May’s spokesperson condemned Trump’s tweets, saying it was “wrong for the president to have done this.”
“Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom,” Trump replied on Twitter. “We are doing just fine!”
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017