‘Yellow vest’ campaigner James Goddard arrested in London ahead of protest

‘Yellow vest’ campaigner James Goddard arrested in London ahead of protest

James Goddard, a 'yellow vest' protester, when he confronted Conservative MP Anna Soubry outside of Parliament.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

James Goddard, a leading member of UK’s ‘yellow vest’ protesters, has been arrested in London ahead of ‘yellow vest’ protest in the capital city.

The 29-year-old man was detained by police outside of St James’ Park underground station on Saturday as protesters arrived for the rally.

Some of Mr Goddard’s supporters have claimed that he was set to hand himself into a police station in London.

Mr Goddard has been at the centre of controversy over confronting MPs outside the Houses of Parliament, including Conservative MP Anna Soubry on Monday.

He was arrested on suspicion of public order offences in connection with incidents that happened in Westminster on Monday, the Metropolitan police said.


'Hate speech' 

Yellow vest protestors take part in an anti austerity demonstration to call for a general election in London. 

The “yellow vest” activist had his Facebook pages and PayPal account suspended earlier this week.

Mr Goddard had used his Facebook page to livestream "yellow vest” protests that have been taking place for the past month in London and other UK cities.

A Facebook spokesman said Mr Goddard’s Facebook pages have been removed for violating policies on “hate speech”.

He said: "We have removed James Goddard's Facebook pages and groups for violating our policies on hate speech.

"We will not tolerate hate speech on Facebook which creates an environment of intimidation and which may provoke real-world violence."