Two far-right activists were detained and deported when they attempted to enter the United Kingdom this weekend, triggering outrage among right-wing media personalities in the U.S. and Europe.
On Friday, far-right YouTube vlogger Brittany Pettibone and her boyfriend, Austrian “Identitarian” activist Martin Sellner, were detained by United Kingdom border police for three days, after which they were deported back to Austria. Pettibone frequently affiliates with right-wing extremists and has earned a spot in the hearts and minds of alt-right activists by flirting with white nationalism, such as the idea that it’s “our fault” if white people become a minority race. She also used to co-host a podcast with the explicitly alt-right personality Tara McCarthy.
Documents provided to Pettibone explain that immigration authorities denied her entry because she intended to work with Tommy Robinson, an anti-Muslim activist employed by Rebel Media, and was carrying “leaflets with scenarios regarding possible violence” at a speech Sellner was scheduled to give.
In a live stream reaction to the news, far-right YouTube talker and activist Lauren Southern described Pettibone and Sellner’s detention as “straight-up political profiling.” Southern was denied entry into the United Kingdom days later after she admitted distributing “racist material” in London earlier this year. Southern also bragged that she had lied to a security agent.
Last year, Pettibone and Southern joined white nationalist activists who chartered a boat and shot flares at a ship belonging to a humanitarian group trying to rescue refugees and migrants traveling across the Mediterranean Sea, often traveling on dangerous rafts and ships. Pettibone, Southern and Sellner had also raised funds for the effort under the banner of “Defend Europe” by peddling a right-wing conspiracy theory that nonprofits in Europe are working with human traffickers to pump Islamic migrants into Europe as part of an effort to destroy Western culture.