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UK man charged with inciting racial hatred after Brussels Tweet

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UK man charged with inciting racial hatred after Brussels Tweet

<p>A man from London has been charged by police with inciting after sending a tweet in which he says he asked a Muslim woman to explain the Brussels attacks.</p> <p>Matthew Doyle, 46, from South Croydon, London tweeted on Tuesday: <em>I confronted a Muslim woman yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain Brussels. She said “Nothing to do with me”. A mealy mouthed reply.</em></p> <p>After an investigation by the Community Safety Unit of Croydon Police, he was arrested on Wednesday and charged on Friday. He will appear before a magistrate tomorrow.</p> <p>The Met police said in <a href="http://news.met.police.uk/news/man-charged-re-racist-comments-on-social-media-157322">a statement</a> that Doyle had been charged “under section 19 of the Public Order Act 1986; publishing or distributing written material which is threatening, abusive or insulting, likely or intended to stir up racial hatred.”</p> <p>The tweet received a flurry of sarcastic responses.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I confronted Croydon and asked it to explain <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewDoyle31"><code>MatthewDoyle31</a>. Nobody had heard of him ever. A mealy mouthed reply. <a href="https://t.co/wAJDWH7zv3">pic.twitter.com/wAJDWH7zv3</a></p>&mdash; Khamis M. Mustafa (</code>realkhamis) <a href="https://twitter.com/realkhamis/status/712731252919562240">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewDoyle31"><code>MatthewDoyle31</a> I confronted Pingu yesterday in Croydon. I asked him to explain climate change. He said "MEEP MEEP". A mealy mouthed reply.</p>&mdash; Joe Slack (</code>WhyHeeeyImJoe) <a href="https://twitter.com/WhyHeeeyImJoe/status/712717251842015234">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Confronted a white man in Croydon yday. Asked him to explain Hitler & the Holocaust. He said “nothing to do with me.” A mealy-mouthed reply</p>— Kimberley John ن​ (@kimberleyjohn_) <a href="https://twitter.com/kimberleyjohn_/status/712614017924210689">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I confronted a woman eating breakfast yesterday in Croydon. I asked her to explain porridge. She said “mlumabmnhnmm”. A mealy mouthed reply.</p>— Beaubodor (@beaubodor) <a href="https://twitter.com/beaubodor/status/712578892008177664">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I confronted a woman in Croydon and asked her to explain shredless marmalade. 'Nothing to do with me'. A peely-mouthed reply.</p>— Lisa Holdsworth (@WorksWithWords) <a href="https://twitter.com/WorksWithWords/status/712582605368139776">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I confronted a dog today & asked him about that time when I was 4 and a dog bit me. “woof” he said. A mealy mouthed reply.</p>— TechnicallyRon (@TechnicallyRon) <a href="https://twitter.com/TechnicallyRon/status/712589255672012800">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">I confronted an Irish women yesterday in Camden. I asked her to explain Bono. She said “Nothing to do with me”. A mealy mouthed reply.</p>— Rob Manuel (@robmanuel) <a href="https://twitter.com/robmanuel/status/712575601979293696">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/TechnicallyRon"><code>TechnicallyRon</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewDoyle31"></code>MatthewDoyle31</a> I confronted a person with a guitar and asked them to explain Coldplay.</p>— ischmee! (@markfredme) <a href="https://twitter.com/markfredme/status/712575546408960001">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>Despite the backlash on social media, Doyle appeared unapologetic.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Who cares if I insulted some towelhead ?? Really.</p>— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewDoyle31/status/712615148410773505">March 23, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">dozens of people followed me and 24 people unfollowed me // automatically checked by <a href="https://t.co/2YgqU8GHHa">https://t.co/2YgqU8GHHa</a></p>— Matthew P Doyle (@MatthewDoyle31) <a href="https://twitter.com/MatthewDoyle31/status/712952041358934016">March 24, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p><em>Main photo: screenshot, Twitter</em></p>