Man who attended Swansea "White Pride" event posts mock-execution footage online
A MAN who attended a ‘white pride’ event in Swansea has admitted uploading a video to YouTube featuring a life-size golliwog doll being hanged by a person dressed in a Klu Klux Klan costume.
Christopher Philips, who joined around 60 white pride activists for the rally in March, appeared at Wolverhampton Crown Court, has been arrested by counter-terrorism police after posting the footage of a mock-execution onto the internet.
The 23-year-old, formerly known as Darren Clifft, had pleaded guilty to distributing and recording visual images, which are believed to have been shot at a concert in South Wales following the rally.
But he denied wearing the Ku Klux Klan outfit, which the prosecution accepted, and the charge of using threatening or insulting behaviour intended to stir up racial hatred was ordered to lie on file. The activists had been met during the rally in Swansea by more than 400 anti-fascist campaigners. The two groups exchanged chants and insults at each other, at a carefully policed meeting point outside the National Waterfront Museum.
The rally had been organised via a website called the South Wales Nationa Front, which urged supporters to bring flags of ‘white nations’, and come to the city to be part of Britain’s first ‘White Pride worldwide demo day’.
They were bussed away from the event after an hour of confrontation.
Adjourning sentence until December for a psychiatric report to be carried out, Judge John Warner told Philips: “The overwhelming likelihood is that you will receive a period in custody.
“It’s the sort of material that will attract very strong feelings in certain sections of the community and I think there is a real risk here of violence and retribution.”
Defending Philips, Mohammed Ramzan said: “His father committed suicide, one of the reasons was this case.” The court heard Philips had a ‘huge online presence’ and called himself ‘Clansman of the West Midlands infidels’ on Twitter, had received death threats from anti-racist groups.
Mr Ramzan said: “His life was threatened. People did attend the gym where he coaches kick-boxing, fortunately for him he was ill that day so not there. It was a gathering of quite a few people with weapons.”
As well as being bailed to live and sleep at his mother’s address in Wolverhampton, Philips was given an electronic tag and told to keep to a 9pm to 7am curfew.
He was also ordered not to access any social media websites.