British far-right activist Tommy Robinson says he was detained in Mexico | world news
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – British far-right activist Tommy Robinson said he was arrested on arrival with his children at Mexico’s Cancun airport and would be deported, according to video he has released on Saturday.
Robinson, co-founder of the English Defense League (EDL) which has staged violent protests against Islam, said he was arrested and separated from his three children. He had been detained for a few days, he said, without noting when he landed.
“Now I am deported for national security reasons,” Robinson said in an apparent selfie video taken from a room and posted on the Telegram messaging app.
“I’m banned from Mexico…been there three times, never caused a problem.”
In another video on Telegram, Robinson said he was told the British government had contacted the Mexican government and asked Mexico to deport him.
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The British Embassy in Mexico declined to comment. The Mexican Foreign Ministry did not immediately comment.
Robinson was convicted in the UK on multiple counts, including fraud, harassment and assault, according to The Guardian newspaper.
(Reporting by Cassandra Garrison; Editing by Richard Chang and David Gregorio)
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