UK arrested Tommy Robinson for reporting child-rape gangs that the government caters to. The UK banned reporting of his arrest, denied him a lawyer, and is trying to have him assassinated in prison. Regardless of how you feel about his views, this is a totalitarian government.

Tommy Robinson isn't the first to that the UK has jailed after a secret trial. Melanie Shaw tried to expose child abuse in a Nottinghamshire kids home -- it wasn't foreigners doing the molesting, but many members of the UK's parliament. The government kidnapped her child and permanently took it away. Police from 3 forces have treated her like a terrorist and themselves broken the law. Police even constantly come by to rob her phone and money. She was tried in a case so secret the court staff had no knowledge of it. Her lawyer, like Tommy's, wasn't present. She has been held for over 2 years in Peterborough Prison. read, read

Paid protest

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They look so real, don't they? All these people were paid to protest.
And here is the ad for the above protest.

A paid protest is where an organization pays people to pretend to be from a distressed group and then protest under this guise. This fake protest fools people into thinking the group is real and the cause is righteous through the bandwagon effect--based on the logical fallacy of argumentum ad populum: appeal to the majority.

Fake vs real paid protests

A paid protest is usually a fake protest, but not just a fake protest done for laughs, rather one done for money. An example of a fake protest done not for money but for laughs was when people from 4chan and various people going under the brand name "Anonymous" protested the Church of Scientology. When this first went big, most of the protesters were doing it purely for laughs, to have a bunch people in silly masks acting crazy and having cars honk. However, sometimes paid protests are legitimate, but paid. For example unions may pay employees to protest for higher wages and then pay the employees who went on strike a higher wage than they normally were paid.[1]

Not all unions do this and some will pay striking employees less than their normal rate merely to partially compensate them for income lost, but this does not fall under the category of paid protest since people in unions have to join the others in protesting as required by union membership. This issue has been challenged in courts such as with Walmart protesters where unions paid employees $50 a piece to protest Walmart and the courts ruled this did not constitute unlawful coercion of employees.[2]


Perhaps the earliest fake protests were started with Marxism. This combined with the fake revolution was a major way Communism spread.

In the 21st century, it is very common. One common type is hiring people to complain about low wages or non-union jobs at a company. Of course the people hired to protest are non-union and paid about minimum wage; and many times the people paid are homeless.[3] Unions commonly hire non-union paid protesters to protest companies that the paid protesters have no relation with. People doing this are often desperate for work[4] and are at times recruited at homeless shelters for what unions call an "informational picket".[5]

Companies may also advertise to non-homeless, describing the gig as “extras/background people,” paying for instance $85 an event, which was an example of a paid protest of Chevron which was led by an organization which has done the same thing to other corporations. [6] Another way they advertised it to non-homeless was on Craigslist, a company advertised a gig for people to "pass out flyers at a Climate Change March." People who showed up for the gig, learned they were paid to protest against Climate Change.[7] People also are hired as being paid to speak and then given scripted remarks.[8]

FEMEN hires prostitutes to pretend to be activists to protest in support of its political aims, including Pussy Riot.[9][10]

Another way people are approached is the "Occupy" protests (e.g. "Occupy Wall Street") sent out words to labor unions who then sent reps to recruit labor unions, likely giving commissions to unions and union reps based on how many people they recruit for their paid protest.[11]

Like its early Marxist roots, it is still used in politics today, such a as pro-Obama protesters who picketed against Mitt Romney.[12][13] Both US political parties do this; for instance during the 2000 US presidential election recounts, in late November 2000, hundreds of people paid by the Republican party protested the election recounts.[14] During the 2014 conflict between Russia and the Ukraine, many of the protesters and rioters were paid by the, though others joined in after seeing the paid group.[15] The USA and European Union were the ones who paid people in the Ukraine to protest.[16] China also pays demonstrators to counter-protest the Hong Kong democracy movement.[17]

Paid protests are so common even protests againt David Icke are staged, paid protests by people who don't even know who he is.[18]

On suggested example to determine whether protesters are real or fake is to spray them with water and tear gas. If they disperse right away, then they are paid.[19] Though at a McDonald's protest in Flint, Michigan in 2014, the protesters were paid $500 not just to protest but to also get arrested; 25 of the 150 even were arrested.[20]



Anti-Trump Protesters Go Nuts!
Black Trump Supporter Calls Out Racist Protesters As Propaganda Victims
Topless Protesters Rampage At Trump Rally

See also


  5. Union Outsources Picket Lines to the Homeless
  21. People Were Allegedly Paid For Fake #BringBackOurGirls Protest In Abuja

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