A reader has sent a link to a film of Ligali’s Toyin Agbetu attending a bail hearing at Charing Cross police station on 25 April following his arrest in Westminster Abbey in March. The pan-Africanist was arrested after confronting Elizabeth Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and Tony Blair at a service celebrating “Abolition 200”, the establishment’s response to 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade.
Agbetu is met at the police station by a considerable crowd. Most of whom had attended as a response to the entire media’s representation of Agbetu as a lone, mad protestor expressing an extremist and unpopular view.
Predictably Agbetu was not charged at the station as the CPS claim to have not yet obtained footage from the BBC of the incident. Although it is argued that the CPS are delaying charges in order to dream up a way of prosecuting Agbetu that avoids the embarrassment of discussing in open court what Agbetu said to Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Blair and the rest of the assembled British establishment.
The film is quite long at 30 minutes. But 5 minutes in there is an interview with Agbetu that yet again reveals him to be one of the most interesting, outspoken and radical political voices in the UK today. His ability to put it right up the liberal multiculturalists of the establishment is still firmly intact.
Agbetu has to return to Charing Cross Police Station on 4 May when he may – or may not – be charged.
The News 24 footage of Agbetu’s protest has yet to surface in its entirety. However this has appeared on Youtube: