Hundreds of protesters march in support of EDL leader Tommy Robinson

Hundreds of demonstrators have assembled to protest Tommy Robinson's arrest in a bid to secure the former English Defence League leader's release from jail.

Around 500 protesters chanted 'let Tommy out' at police officers outside Leeds Crown Court on Friday.

The march saw Robinson's supporters brand police officers a 'disgrace', as chants of 'you ought to be ashamed of yourselves' broke out.

The event was organised by the group Proud British, which claims on Facebook that its purpose is to 'voice freedom of speech' and 'stop the strain on the NHS, schools and our public services'.

Hundreds of Tommy Robinson's supporters have gathered outside Leeds Crown Court to protest the former EDL's jail sentence last week 

Protesters branded officers policing the event a 'disgrace', as chants of 'you ought to be ashamed of yourselves' as they waves the Union Jack and St Georges Flag 

Protesters branded officers policing the event a 'disgrace', as chants of 'you ought to be ashamed of yourselves' as they waves the Union Jack and St Georges Flag 

Hundreds of protesters are being watched by police as they protest outside Leeds Crown Court, where former EDL leader Tommy Robinson was jailed for contempt 

Hundreds of protesters are being watched by police as they protest outside Leeds Crown Court, where former EDL leader Tommy Robinson was jailed for contempt 

Officers mounted on horseback supervised chanting protesters as they marched through the streets of Leeds in to demonstrates against Robinson's sentence 

Officers mounted on horseback supervised chanting protesters as they marched through the streets of Leeds in to demonstrates against Robinson's sentence 

Around 400 of Robinson's elite fans ascended upon Leeds Crown Court after right-wing activists in America rushed to his support after restrictions ordered by a judge initially prevented his court case and jail term being reported

Around 400 of Robinson's elite fans ascended upon Leeds Crown Court after right-wing activists in America rushed to his support after restrictions ordered by a judge initially prevented his court case and jail term being reported

'Free speech is dead: 'A host of conspiracy theories in the US then began claiming that he was imprisoned as part of a plot to silence the right'

'Free speech is dead: 'A host of conspiracy theories in the US then began claiming that he was imprisoned as part of a plot to silence the right'

The court heard how Robinson had filmed himself and people involved in the case, in footage that was watched around 250,000 times within hours of being posted

The court heard how Robinson had filmed himself and people involved in the case, in footage that was watched around 250,000 times within hours of being posted

Robinson, who was listed by his real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon on court documents, was sentenced to 13 months in jail on the same day as his arrest

Robinson, who was listed by his real name Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon on court documents, was sentenced to 13 months in jail on the same day as his arrest

Demonstrators shouted: 'Oh Tommy Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy Robinson' and 'Free Tommy Now' down the street. Many fans were brandishing '#FreeTommy' placards - with one which read 'Free the truth teller. Free Tommy'

Demonstrators shouted: 'Oh Tommy Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy, Tommy Robinson' and 'Free Tommy Now' down the street. Many fans were brandishing '#FreeTommy' placards - with one which read 'Free the truth teller. Free Tommy'

Judge: If the jurors saw Robinson's video I would be asked to discharge them

The judge who jailed Tommy Robinson told him his Facebook Live could have collapsed a six-week trial if the jurors saw it.

Mr Justice Marson QC said that Robinson had failed in his 'responsibility to exercise freedom of speech within the law'. 

Within five hours of his arrest Robinson was jailed for 13 months after pleading guilty to contempt in relation to an ongoing trial.

He also admitted breaching the terms of a suspended sentence he was handed in Canterbury last May for a similar offence. 

Mr Justice Marson QC said: 'No one could possibly conclude that it would be anything other than highly prejudicial to the defendants in the trial. I respect everyone's right to free speech. That's one of the most important rights that we have.

'With those rights come responsibilities. The responsibility to exercise that freedom of speech within the law. I am not sure you appreciate the potential consequence of what you have done.

'If the jurors in my present trial get to know of this video I will no doubt be faced with an application to discharge the jury. If I have to do that it will mean a re-trial, costing hundreds and hundreds and thousands of pounds.'

The protest came a week after the right-wing activist's arrest for using social media to broadcast details of a trial which is subject to blanket reporting restrictions.

Robinson, 35, was jailed for 13 months last Friday for contempt of court after broadcasting on Facebook Live outside Leeds Crown Court — putting the major trial at risk of collapse. 

The court heard how Robinson had filmed himself and

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