On Monday, Canadian activist and video blogger Lauren Southern claims that she was detained by British officials in Calais, France, while attempting to go to the UK on a bus. She was later deported by British authorities because of her alleged “racism.” Besides Southern, who has produced a video about violence directed at white farmers in South Africa, also deported were American activist Brittany Pettibone and Austrian identitarian Martin Sellner of the Generation Identity group. The latter two were detained on Friday at London’s Heathrow Airport, but were released on Monday.

The Home Office of Britain said that is has the “power to refuse entry to an individual if it is considered that his or her presence in the U.K. is not conducive to the public good.” In a video, Sellner claimed that he and Pettibone were jailed for three days and then deported. Pettibone claimed that British authorities denied her entry into the country because she planned to interview Tommy Robinson, a former leader of the English Defence League. For his part, Sellner said he wanted to give a speech at London’s famed “Speaker’s Corner” in Hyde Park, saying “that was my crime.” Pettibone said in Austria of her detention by British authorities, "It felt like they were saying, 'you're right-wing, that's not allowed.'"

Martin Sellner and Brittany Pettibone

On Twitter, Lauren Southern wrote of her encounter with British immigration officials, “They just locked me out and said ‘au revoir’... Officially banned from UK for ‘racism’.. doing fine though, all the cool people are being banned anyway.” She added, “Need to gather my thoughts and call family. Interrogation story is pretty crazy though. Will tell it soon.”

Additionally, Southern claimed that British authorities asked her about her Christian faith and whether she is a “radical.” She wrote on Twitter, “I was also asked how I feel about running Muslims over with cars.”


According to a notice given to Southern by British authorities, she was barred from entering the UK because she had been “involved in the distribution of racist material in Luton” and thus  posed “a threat to the fundamental interests of society and to the public policy of the United Kingdom.” Luton is a London suburb widely known for its significant immigrant and Muslim community. 

Other controversial figures who had merited a ban by British authorities are American authors Robert Spencer and Pamela Geller, as well as radio personality Michael Savage. Also banned is Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who leads the second largest political party in The Netherlands. 

The left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center has denounced Southern for her “anti-feminist, xenophobic, Islamophobic diatribes [that] tiptoe at the precipice of outright white nationalism" while also saying she is the "alt-right's Canadian dog whistle." Her latest book is “Barbarians: How the Baby Boomers, Immigration, and Islam Screwed My Generation," which has been recommended by Ann Coulter: “Buy this book before liberals ban it.” 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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