Far-right Cumbernauld extremist has Qatada home protest plan banned by a court order
Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 00:47 GMT on Monday 4th February, 2013.
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FORMER British National Party (BNP) official Jim Dowson and his colleagues at Britain First – a group he helped establish, which has several ex-BNP members amongst its ranks, had planned to protest outside the home of radical Islamic cleric Abu Qatada, in north London, until a court order banned the protest. 

Dowson, a far-right Scottish extremist, hails from Cumbernauld, declares himself to be a staunch Christian, a militant anti-abortionist, and a key activist for the pro-life organisation, Life League, which controversially published details of people they claimed had encouraged abortions.

Dowson had been planning to protest outside Qatada’s house until high court judges granted an injunction against the demonstration, on Friday, after Qatada's lawyers sought to prevent the demonstration taking place.

Qatada was due to be deported to Jordan in order to stand trial for terrorism offences last year, until the move was blocked by senior judges and he was permitted to live at home under strict bail conditions. 

The planned protest outside Qatada’s home would have been the latest in a long list of previous far-right campaigns headed by Dowson, who was deputy to BNP leader Nick Griffin for three years, after Dowson recently involved himself in the Northern Ireland protests over the decision to limit the flying of the union flag at Belfast City Council chambers. 

Speaking from the Shankhill area of Belfast, Dowson told the Sunday Herald that Britain First has plans to challenge the court's decision.

He said: "This guy is costing taxpayers a fortune every month and he manages to get an injunction to say we can't protest outside his house, a house that we're paying for.

"We should have every right to express our democratic views and in two weeks’ time we'll be back at court to challenge the injunction.

"It's supposed to be a free country but if you can't protest outside the half-a-million-pound home of someone like this then that's a really big problem."

He added: "This guy is being protected around the clock by armed guards that we're paying for when there are pensioners dying of the cold. He should be put on a plane and deported."

Dowson claims his group is "always peaceful" and has previously protested outside Qatada's home without any problems, according to an article in the Herald.

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