In 10 years on and freedom of speech is now in handcuffs I covered the example of Christophobia exhibited in the dubious arrest in February of street preacher Olewole Ilesanme outside Southgate tube station. The police have changed their story and so Christian Concern has issued this press release about his case:
There is so much to update you on as the story of street preacher Oluwole continues to develop, and we want to ask if you will pray with us. Over the past week:
- The police have changed their story on Olu’s de-arrest
- MP Theresa Villiers has challenged the Government over his arrest
- Baroness Cox has raised questions on his arrest in the House of Lords
- His story has been covered in The Spectator, Fox News, Premier, Faithwire and by Rod Liddle in The Sunday Times
- Thanks to your support, Oluwole’s lawyer has written a pre-action letter to the police commissioner.
Tomorrow (Thursday 21 March) Oluwole’s amazing journey since the video of his arrest went viral will continue at London City Hall. From 10am, London Assembly members will address three questions to London Mayor Sadiq Khan. Read the questions that will be put to the Mayor of London.
This represents an important opportunity to ask the man responsible for the police in London about the treatment of Christian street preachers on our capital’s streets. The whole session will be live-streamed and we plan to provide coverage throughout the day on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
In a country that used to lead the way in upholding Christian freedoms, freedom of speech is now under attack.
We’ve reached an important moment.
Will you join with Christians across the world to pray for street preacher Oluwole and our team?
If you can, please pray:
- For street preacher Oluwole and that he will be protected and encouraged
- For Sadiq Khan that he will recognise the need to do more to protect Christian freedoms in London
- For the London Assembly members who have shown such an interest in this case
- That our police force will do more to protect Christian street preachers
- For our legal team as they support Oluwole through the next steps
- That our petition calling on the Home Secretary to do more to protect freedom of speech on our streets will be shared widely and signed by many.
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