Facebook deletes page of 'yellow vest' protesters responsible for abuse of MPs outside Parliament

Will Metcalfe
Contributor
Protests outside Parliament have become increasingly volatile as the Brexit process continues. Stock image. (PA)

Facebook and Paypal accounts used to organise ‘yellow vest’ protests in London have been suspended amid claims participants are harassing MPs.

James Goddard, an online activist was filmed calling Tory Remain MP Anna Soubry a Nazi on Monday, said he had been “silenced” on Facebook after his profile appeared to disappear.

Mr Goddard has been described as ‘organiser’ of the so-called “yellow vest” protests outside the Houses of Parliament, and across London as the Brexit countdown continues.

A Facebook spokesman said: “We have removed James Goddard’s Facebook pages and groups for violating our policies on hate speech.

“We will not tolerate hate speech on Facebook which creates an environment of intimidation and which may provoke real-world violence.”

A link to his PayPal account, where supporters are encouraged to “support (his) work” also failed to load on Tuesday afternoon with veteran Channel 4 News journalist Michael Crick reporting it had been shut down.

Anti Brexit demonstrators gather outside the Parliament, waving EU and Union flags to protest against Brexit, ahead of the vote on Theresa May’s Brexit Deal, London on January 7, 2019. (Photo by Alberto Pezzali/NurPhoto/Sipa USA)

Mr Goddard said on Twitter: “Do you actually think you’re going to stop me! I take great offence at being called far right and fascist!”

After the group’s first protest on December 14, Mr Goddard wrote on Facebook that he would be “confronting the Remoaners at Parliament and challenging the corrupt establishment” six days a week.

Posting a link to his PayPal, he claimed: “I’m not in this to make money, I’m in it because I genuinely believe in what I say.”

Other “yellow vest” protesters have included former supporters of groups including the English Defence League, Britain First and anti-Islam Pegida UK.

Police officers walk past Anti-Brexit demonstrators outside the Houses of Parliament in London, Britain, January 8, 2019. REUTERS/Henry Nicholls

It is believed the ‘yellow vests’ may be organising demonstrations in Cardiff, Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds this coming weekend.

The news comes as more than 60 MPs have called on police to prevent them from “aggressive, threatening and intimidating behaviour” towards MPs, journalists and pro-Remain protesters outside parliament.

Mr Goddard has previously made speeches in support of Tommy Robinson at protests, and was known for arguing with Muslims at Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park.

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