UK: US veteran refuses to pay fine over Sheffield protest pro-Hamas sign

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“A US military veteran has refused to pay a fine for carrying a pro-Hamas sign at a protest in South Yorkshire. Michael Rabb, 73, of Boulder, Colorado, was arrested at the demonstration at Sheffield City Hall on 21 October. A trial at City of London Magistrates’ Court found him guilty of displaying the sign in such a way as to arouse reasonable suspicion he was a member or supporter of a proscribed organisation. But on Tuesday, he told the judge he was ‘not going to pay’ the £1,000 fine. The ex-US Navy fighter pilot also refused to pay £930 costs and a £400 surcharge. The court had earlier heard that Rabb was spotted at the protest outside Sheffield City Hall carrying a homemade sign which read ‘Stand With Hamas, End Israel, Free Palestine.’ Hamas is proscribed as a terrorist group by the UK government.” (04/02/24)