LONDON – On Thursday, March 8, Brittany Pettibone, an American journalist/blogger, and her partner Martin Sellner, an activist with Generation Identitaire, were detained in the United Kingdom, and eventually were deported after three days of being held by British police. On Monday, March 12, Lauren Southern, a Canadian filmmaker/journalist was also barred from entering the U.K.
Martin Sellner / Brittany Pettibone
Sellner headed to the U.K. late last week to give a speech at Speaker’s Corner, an area of London historically dedicated to free discussion and debate. Pettibone planned on interviewing Tommy Robinson, an English political activist, during her stay in London.
In an interview released Monday with Tommy Robinson, Sellner describes the situation they were put in upon arrival. “We were separated, we were not allowed to look on our phones, not allowed to talk, and then they put us on hold there… We spent the whole day there and then in the night, they brought us into a detention center where we had to stay till Sunday, separated, unable to communicate, and actually treated like criminals.”
He then adds, “We were in cells, locked up with criminals, who were being deported to Eastern Europe. Illegals who came to the country illegally and both of us were handcuffed, while we were dragged over the airport.”
Pettibone tweeted on Monday photos of her “deportation document” in response to those claiming it had been altered or fake.
She later released a video on her Youtube channel, detailing the entire experience with her partner Sellner.
Southern told Fox News that she was visiting friends in the U.K., including Tommy Robinson, when she was barred entry at the Calais border port. Having been detained for six hours in Calais, Southern claims she was interrogated for four hours, being asked a series of “bizarre” questions regarding her religious and political values.
“They asked me if I’m a Christian extremist, asked me how I feel about running over people with cars,” she told Fox News. “They asked me about Tommy Robinson, asked how I would describe myself politically, asked me how I would describe nationalism.”
Her refusal of entry was reportedly because of a demonstration in Luton she did in February, along with Caolan Robertson and Pettibone, where they distributed posters saying “Allah is a Gay God.”
Southern also tweeted a photo of documents given to her by the police. According to these documents, she was detained and held under the Schedule 7 Terrorism Act.
The three have all since been released, and Pettibone is in contact with the American Embassy, working on appealing her case.