Tuesday, 26 September 2023

Black Lives Matter Organizer, Muslim, & Statue Toppler Admits Fraud

Black Lives Matter organiser behind the protest which toppled Edward Colston's statue in Bristol admits fraud after £30,000 raised from donors goes missing

  • Xahra Saleem, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position 
One of the organisers of the Black Lives Matter protest which saw trader Edward Colston's statue toppled has admitted fraud after £30,000 raised from donors went missing.

Xahra Saleem, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position following an investigation by Avon and Somerset Police into a GoFundMe page called 'BristBLM' set up ahead of the protest in Bristol in June 2020.

Saleem had set up the crowdfunding page to raise money for face masks and other equipment to help facilitate the march legally, given it was taking place at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

An agreement is said to have been made that any excess funds would go to charity Changing Your Mindset Ltd - which was a youth group based in the St Pauls area of Bristol - so young people could go on a trip to Africa.

The Colston statue was pushed into Bristol harbour on June 7, 2020, during protests related to the death of George Floyd in the US, and the subsequent global BLM movement.

Xahra Saleem (pictured) has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position

Xahra Saleem (pictured) has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud. Saleem initially pleaded not guilty to charges of fraud, but admitted the first charged against her last week. The second charge was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service

Following the protest, which gained world-wide attention, the page raised tens of thousands of pounds, however none of the money is alleged to have arrived with the charity.

Muslim Saleem - who changed her name from Yvonne Maina - is accused of using the money raised for herself.

She initially entered not guilty pleas to two charges of fraud. The second charge related to a separate online fundraising page set up in the days following the toppling of the statue of Edward Colston in June 2020, called 'Bristol Protesters Legal Fees'.

A trial was listed for December - but Saleem appeared at Bristol Crown Court last week to change her plea to guilty for the first charge. The second charge was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service, it emerged today.

Saleem, of Romford, Essex, will return to the same court to be sentenced at the end of October.

Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Jake Skuse and Sage Willoughby, who became known as the Colston Four in a case that attracted wide attention, were later cleared of criminal damage connected to the incident involving the statue.

Changing Your Mindset has since closed down.

A spokesperson for the group told Bristol Live that the group was still working to retrieve the money, but it appeared unlikely.

Protesters tore down a statue of Edward Colston in Bristol on June 7, 2020, amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations

Protesters tore down a statue of Edward Colston in Bristol on June 7, 2020, amid Black Lives Matter demonstrations

BLM protesters later dragged the statue into the harbour, spray painted it and then threw it into the water

BLM protesters later dragged the statue into the harbour, spray painted it and then threw it into the water

English merchant Edward Colston, pictured here in a Jonathan Richardson portrait, was involved in the slave trade

English merchant Edward Colston

Last year, four protesters who took part in the toppling of Colston's statue – Rhian Graham, Milo Ponsford, Sage Willoughby and Jake Skuse - were cleared, sparking an uproar.

Campaigners said the move gave the 'green light to political vandalism'.

The Colston statue was toppled in June 2020 amid a wave of protests in the UK, the US and elsewhere.

Left-wing protesters drew up a list of statues of historical figures to target, including Oliver Cromwell, King Charles II and First World War hero Lord Kitchener.

The statue of Winston Churchill outside Parliament was also daubed with graffiti branding the former PM a racist, leading to it being covered up to prevent further damage.

Edward Colston: Merchant and trader was once considered Bristol's greatest son

Edward Colston was integral in the Royal African Company, which had complete control of Britain's slave trade

Edward Colston was integral in the Royal African Company

Edward Colston was born to a wealthy merchant family in Bristol, 1636.

After working as an apprentice at a livery company he began to explore the shipping industry and started up his own business.

He later joined the Royal African Company and rose up the ranks to Deputy Governor.

The Company had complete control of Britain's gold and Ivory business with Africa and the forts on the coast of west Africa.

Colston's brother Thomas supplied the glass beads that were used as currency at the time for trading purposes.

Colston became the Tory MP for Bristol in 1710 but stood only for one term, due to old age and ill health.

He used a lot of his wealth, accrued from his extensive trading, to build schools and almshouses in his home city.

A statue was erected in his honour as well as other buildings named after him, including Colston Hall.

On a statue commemorating Colston in Bristol, a plaque read: 'Erected by citizens of Bristol as a memorial of one of the most virtuous and wise sons of their city.' 

Saleem describes herself as a screenwriter and was a co-founder of the All Black Lives Bristol group created after the demonstrations

Saleem was a co-founder of the All Black Lives Bristol group

The statue was pulled down in Bristol during a wave of protests across the world following the murder of black man George Floyd in the US

The statue being pulled down in Bristol

The Colston statue was toppled in June 2020 amid a wave of Black Lives Matter protests in the UK

Saleem wearing her Covid outfit to court


Monday, 25 September 2023

Muslims Turn Sweden Into Crime Capital of Europe

Once heralded as the safest country in Europe, Sweden has now become the shootings, bombings, and rape capital of Europe

As the European Union moves to force mandatory migrant quotas, Sweden’s rising migrant crime wave shows the perils of mass Muslim immigration.

REMIX News  While the European Union wants to force mandatory migrant quotas on member states, in Sweden, the activities of criminal groups linked to Middle Eastern and African migrants are becoming increasingly brutal. In the Scandinavian capital, seven people were shot dead in a single day over the weekend, the victims and perpetrators are all believed to be criminals with a migrant background, but the media is keeping remarkably quiet about most of these shootings.
A total of seven people were shot dead in Stockholm and its immediate environs in a single day over the weekend; one young man in Jordbro on Friday evening; two in Solna; and two 15-year-old boys, a 65-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man at Farsta metro station late on Saturday. One of the 15-year-old boys died at the scene, and the middle-aged man died from his injuries in the hospital on Monday morning. The incidents come amid a growing wave of violence in recent years, the vast majority of which has been linked to migrant gangs from various backgrounds, with the country breaking record after record for shootings.

The first two incidents were only reported briefly in the Swedish press, due to their “routine” nature — there have been nearly 160 shootings in the country so far this year — but the third has provoked a major response. The shooting massacre at a metro station on the outskirts of Stockholm, with at least 21 shots fired from automatic weapons, was hard for the press to ignore.
Minister of Justice Gunnar Strömmer visited the scene on Sunday, where he met with relatives of the victims. The ministry leader was quite sharp at the scene. “Sweden is in an extremely serious situation,” Strömmer said, referring to the rising wave of violence in recent months.
“The police found 21 empty cartridges, which means 21 shots were fired. It could have been worse. I would have to say it is domestic terrorism,” Strömmer said. Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson also commented on the massacre on his social media page, calling the past few days another dark weekend. He has also promised measures such as heavier sentences for the shooters, and the long-rumored visitation prohibition zones, where some criminals would not be allowed to return to the neighborhoods they were previously linked to after serving their sentences.
At the same time, Kristersson’s medium-long, emotional post lacks the exploration of cause-and-effect relationships, indicating that the practically unlimited immigration he supports can be connected, to put it mildly, to the ever-increasing crime wave. 
But not only is the former left-wing prime minister silent about this, but also practically the entire media dominated by the left. The fact that the victim of the showdown is a 15-year-old boy with a migration background is — as usual — discreetly silenced, even though it is quite clear. 
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On the one hand, it can be seen in Sunday’s public TV report that the mourners have a Middle Eastern appearance (for example, crying women in hijabs), and on the other hand, Farsta is included in the list of 61 “vulnerable neighborhoods,” a politically correct designation to describe Sweden’s violent migrant districts.
What these neighborhoods have in common is that they are overwhelmingly inhabited by immigrants of low socio-economic status, where parallel social structures have developed, where criminal gangs “hold” the population, and where shootings are on the rise. 
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The urban crime gangs dominating Swedish cities are almost exclusively made up of immigrants, according to Amir Rostami, a leading criminologist and professor who based his findings on police data. In Sweden, the number of gang-related crimes is increasing every year, and as a result of mass and uncontrolled immigration, the authorities are losing control … Continue reading
The former, left-wing Social Democratic prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, also posted. She wrote that she was as shocked as she was offended by the shooting in Farsta and that the wave of violence is a threat to the entire Swedish society that must be stopped. Her party in recent years has practically only talked about the need to curb gang crime, and yet, the number of accepted migrants increased under their rule.
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A report on Sunday revealed that a 12-year-old witness was also spoken to by a reporter from the Swedish public media, who, when asked if he was shocked by what he saw, answered, “Not so much,” because it was not the first time he had been near a shooting. 
Shocking, but unfortunately the data backs up the routine nature of these shootings in Sweden. Twenty years ago, armed crime was practically unknown in Sweden, while this year there were 159 shootings in five months, in which 53 people were injured and 20 died. A month ago, the national police captain appeared in front of the press to sound the alarm. According to Anders Thonberg, in the past year, the gangs have increased by about 1,000 members.
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These already large criminal groups recruit three new members every day, and in addition, younger and younger children. Presumably, the 15-year-old boy who was killed on Saturday and the wounded man of the same age were also gang members who were dealt with by a competing gang, and the two older victims were in the wrong place at the wrong time. 
A recent study shows that every 20th Swedish resident lives in a vulnerable neighborhood. Although 61 such neighborhoods registered by the police are located in 23 districts (municipalities), the research of Malmö University professor Tapio Salonen revealed that the number of districts with residential areas facing significant socio-economic challenges is more than three times that number: 74.
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This shows that the segregation problem in Sweden is no longer a specific big city phenomenon, but is impacting the whole of Sweden, affecting 10,000 small towns as well.
Now, under a new EU mandatory migrant relocation scheme, the EU wants to bring Sweden to countries like Hungary and Poland, which have long rejected mass immigration. Will such countries soon feature random everyday shootings? Time will only tell, but if the EU has its way, the answer is a resounding “yes.”