‘Furious’ Brits Protest Outside Hotel Used to House Migrants After ‘Refugee’ Propositioned Underage Girl
A protest of hundreds of Brits occurred outside a hotel housing illegal migrants, after a video went viral showing a “refugee” propositioning an underage girl.
Last Monday, a man identified as an illegal migrant, approached a 15-year-old girl in the Liverpool suburb of Kirkby, asking her if he could “take your photo and your number.” According to the girl’s mother, who spoke to the Liverpool Echo, she got her phone out and started videoing him, even though she was scared.
“She asked how old he was and he said he was 25, when she said she was 15 she said he didn’t care,” the girl’s mother said. “When she walked away he walked in the other direction. She’s in her final year of school and is doing her GCSEs this year. She came home and had panic attacks.”
The mother said the incident had “really impacted her,” and was “having thoughts of what could have happened” if the encounter had gone south. “She’s only a kid at the end of the day,” she added. “Imagine what would have happened in the night time.”
After the video went viral, a hotel in nearby Knowsley that was being used to house migrants was subject to a massive protest from locals on Friday, angry at the trouble that the asylum seekers were causing in their community.
Leftist protestors turned up, and shortly afterwards the initially peaceful protest became more violent, with missiles thrown, and one police van being set on fire. One local alleged that the police deliberately abandoned the van in the middle of the protest “knowing that emotions are high.”
Fifteen people, including a 13-year-old boy, were arrested after the protests. One 19-year-old was charged with violent disorder and appeared in court on Monday, with the rest conditionally released on bail pending police inquiries.
“I condemn the appalling disorder in Knowsley last night,” Home Secretary Suella Braverman said in a statement on Saturday. “The alleged behaviour of some asylum seekers is never an excuse for violence and intimidation,” she added, thanking police officers for “keeping everyone safe.”
Andrew Mitchell, a Foreign Office Minister, said that while the violence was “completely unacceptable,” the British government had a “duty to house them appropriately, and to work with local people,” noting that the Home Office was now trying to stop the “excessive use of hotels” to house the illegal migrants.
The British government are currently forking over £5.8 million a day to house illegal migrants in hotels.
Many of the counter protestors, including pro-refugee groups like Care4Calais, and left-wing media outlets like the Guardian, attempted to label the protestors as “far-right,” attempting to link them to the right-wing group Patriotic Alternative, despite zero members of the group attending the protest, and to the Conservative government’s policy on migrants.
Clare Moseley, the founder of Care4Calais, said she was “deeply shocked and shaken” to see what she described as a “war zone,” telling the BBC that the “far-right people were very organised and very violent.”
“All you could hear was fighting in every direction. Fireworks going off, banging, rocks flying, smashing glass, and you could hear people shouting,” she added. “The police van went right up in flames and exploded, then [the protesters] broke through again and started fighting with the police.”
“I was really frightened for us, I was really frightened for the people in the hotel,” Moseley continued. “These are people who have come from war zones. I can’t imagine how terrifying it would be for them.”
Notably, Moseley, who is married and in her 50s, allegedly had an affair with a 27-year-old Tunisian refugee, who reportedly attempted to burn down the organisation’s Calais HQ by pouring petrol around it when their relationship ended.
Nigel Farage, the former Brexit Party leader and current GB News presenter, attacked the mainstream media, including the BBC, for being “totally one-sided on their coverage” of the protests. “The message is simple from the highly questionable Care 4 Calais group,” Farage said. “If you object to single, undocumented men approaching underage girls – then you are ‘far right’.”
Farage spoke to one local on his GB News show on Monday identified as Ged, who denied that the community was racist. “Liverpool for years has welcomed refugees, which everyone knows that,” he told Farage. “Most Scousers are immigrants anyway, we’re Irish.”
The local said that protest happened because incidents where migrants from the hotel have approached young girls had been happening “for months,” including times where they went into the local park and tried to “entice them” with beer. A local school even had to put up netting around their playground, “because the immigrants were standing looking through the fence at the kids.”
Tom, another local resident, spoke to Talk TV, and recounted how local children have been approached by immigrants claiming they’re footballers, “and that they can take them places,” adding that they are now scared to even walk home from school.
“That night, the people that turned up, they were mums, dads, granddads, grandmothers, sisters, brothers. They were just there to say that we want people to listen to us,” Ged explained. “Our kids are vulnerable. We’re all here for our kids. We want our kids to be safe.”
He added that local people were “petrified” of the media jumping on them if they speak out “and make something out of it. Knowsley is not racist. That demonstration was not racist. It was about safety for our kids.”
Tom also denied that they anyone in the protest was “far-right,” adding that it was just “parents that are worried about their children.” Liverpool is notably a Labour stronghold. He argued that the protest got out of control “from the opposition,” suggesting the videos released by Care for Calais and others were misleading.
This news and commentary by Jack Hadfield originally appeared on Valiant News.