ELECTION INTERFERENCE: Stripe Payment Processor Bans Tommy Robinson UK Election Campaign
Added 05-17-19 09:02:02am EST - “Independent European parliamentary candidate Tommy Robinson's campaign has been banned from using the Stripe payment processor. Robinson's campaign has stated that this is a blatant case of campaign interference. A letter to Stripe…” - Thegatewaypundit.com
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“Tommy’s campaign and fundraising are entirely lawful under both UK and EU law. Tommy has complied with all legal requirements for registering as an official candidate and he will be on the ballot in the EU Parliament election on May 23rd,” the letter explains. “No other candidate has been deprived of service by Stripe in this election, to our knowledge. The loss of the VoteTommy Stripe account for campaign-related fundraising mere days before the vote is seriously hindering Tommy’s ability to participate in the democratic process by which EU voters choose who will represent them in the EU Parliament. Yet the Stripe Services Agreement does not appear to prohibit any activity that would apply to Tommy, his campaign or their activities. For this reason, it is difficult to understand Stripe’s drastic actions.”
Coleman went on to say that he presumes Stripe has “no intention of interfering in the EU electoral process by using its online service to ‘vote’ against a lawful candidate or to hamper EU voters’ right to hear from every candidate.”
The campaign was also recently deplatformed on Twitter after being flagged by a Muslim organization called Tell MAMA UK, whose website states that their aim is “tackling anti-Muslim hatred” and working with Central Government “to raise the issues of anti-Muslim hatred at a policy level.” They boast that their work “helps to shape and inform policy makers.”
Last May, Robinson was arrested for contempt of court while filming outside the trial of a Pakistani grooming gang in Leeds, as the case was under a reporting ban. The arrest and same-day imprisonment led to thousands of people going out in the streets to protest. Though the charges were overturned and he was released, the UK has decided to try the case again.
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