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George Galloway sues Willie Frazer and Google over online diatribe

By Alan Erwin

George Galloway has launched legal action against victims' campaigner Willie Frazer and internet giant Google over allegations made at a loyalist protest outside the Ulster Hall.

Lawyers for the Respect MP went to the High Court in Belfast to seek an injunction as part of a wider claim that comments broadcast on YouTube were defamatory and put his life in danger.

Mr Galloway claims sectarian and false remarks about him during last month's picket constituted hate speech which significantly heightened tensions at the venue, where he was taking part in a public speaking event. A judge was also told Mr Frazer was at the scene operating a camera to post an online video while the MP for Bradford West was inside the hall.

In an affidavit lodged as part of his case, the MP claimed Mr Frazer used the event on August 23 –billed as Saturday Night with George Galloway – to slander his name with a series of "vitriolic, abusive, sectarian and wholly untrue speeches", both directly to camera and by megaphone to gathered demonstrators.

He categorically denied a series of allegations made about him, including claims of being scum/a scumbag, that he is a tramp, anti-Protestant and supports those who behead British and American citizens.

Mr Galloway insisted: "I have been for many years Britain's foremost opponent of Islamic extremism."

Less than a week later he was attacked in London, he noted.

An application for a court order to stop any further material being published was adjourned.

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