Former Ukip candidate under investigation for Islamaphobic hate crime over “burn them all” tweet

Posted On 21 Jun 2017 at 2:27 pm

A former Ukip parliamentary candidate is being investigated for hate crime after tweeting “Burn them all. Satan knows his own” in response to the mayor speaking at a Muslim event.

Paul Perrin claims the tweet was a “humorous quote” based on a well known phrase and that his followers on Twitter understood what he meant.

However, Brighton councillor Dan Yates did not get the joke and has reported him to Sussex Police, who say the tweet is being investigated as a hate crime.

Mr Perrin said: “It’s a quote during the Crusades, it’s well known. It’s a humourous quote. I’m not going to explain it to you because if you have to explain a joke it doesn’t work. People who follow me on Twitter will get it – it’s been liked a few times.

“If it turns out that a Labour councillor is trying to do a hatchet job by getting the police and press involved, that’s pretty nasty behaviour.”

Mr Perrin said he was also logging a complaint with police for divulging his personal details after they released a statement confirming a tweet was being investigated.

He also questioned how The Argus, who also contacted him about the tweet, had got his phone number, before conceding that he probably gave it to them when he stood as a parliamentary candidate.

When asked if he does hate muslims, Mr Perrin said: “I think this interview has just ended.”

A spokeswoman for Sussex Police said: “Police received a report of a response to a tweet as being racially or religiously motivated and inciting hatred towards muslims.

“The comments were reported and are being investigated as a hate crime.”

The tweet was made in response to a picture of Brighton and Hove Mayor Mo Marsh speaking at the Big Iftar event at Brighton Grand Hotel on Monday.

The Big Iftar encourages Muslim communities to welcome their Non-Muslim friends and neighbours as guests to their local Mosques and Centres to join them in sharing iftar during Ramadan.

The quote is based on a report by Caesarius of Heisterbach of the siege of Beziers. Caesarius attributed the words Novit enim Dominus qui sunt eius (Kill them all for the Lord knoweth them that are His) to the Abbot of Citeaux, Arnaud Amalric.

Abbot Amalric was leading a Christian army as Papal legate and is said to have commanded them to kill all 20,000 inhabitants of Beziers after they refused to hand over about 200 heretics.

Mr Perrin’s first response was to ask if the Mayor had asked about gay and women’s rights or had instead “been nice”.

Mr Perrin stood for Ukip in Hove in 2010, but has since left the party.

  1. G. F. Reply

    I was invited by the Muslim organisers of the Big Iftar in my quality of gay rights Advocate and adviser. I thoroughly enjoyed the event and the reception I and others were given, not to mention the fun and interesting conversations I had with the 2 scarf wearing delightful female Muslims of my table.

    • Ajax Reply

      If everyone who said something illegal could get away with it by pretending it was a joke. Then laws against incitement to murder would be void.
      And that is what he did, it was incitement to murder.
      Lets see if some people are above the laws and others are beneath its protection?

    • Ajax Reply

      The people who gay people need to fear is UKIP.
      People who vote for them are the shaven headed ones who gay bash.
      It is ironic that he would try to point at 1/4 of the planet with racist/sectarian insults when his own party are the representatives of bigotry in the UK.

      He doesn’t need to ask a mayor about what Muslims believe. People can just read the Quran and find out.
      What UKIP don’t understand is we don’t all need to agree on everything to get along. Fascists like UKIP want to think that is the case because they are fascist. And in their minds anyone who disagrees with them is some sort of traitor.
      The rest of us manage to get along even though we believe different things and maybe disagree on somethings or even most things.
      Including but not limited to religion.

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