Tommy Robinson has claimed he is being deported from Mexico for ‘national security reasons’ after he says he was arrested while on an Easter getaway with his family.
Robinson, real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, has shared footage of him allegedly being arrested at Cancun Airport while on a half term holiday with his three children.
In clips shared to Telegram the 39-year-old films an interaction between himself and a man purported to be an immigration officer, while also showing off the ‘holding cell’ he is said to be held in.
‘I have been arrested, separated from my kids and now I’m being deported as a matter of national security’, he explains.
In an interaction with Cancun Airport staff, Robinson is told the information about his arrest is ‘confidential’ but has come directly from the capital, Mexico City.
After saying he is a journalist and pleading his case, he adds: ‘I’ve never broken a law here. All I do at home is talk about Islam’.
Robinson, who tells his 157,000 followers he has travelled to Mexico three times and never committed a crime, questions the charges he is allegedly being deported on.
‘I’ve never caused a problem, landed for what is clearly a family holiday, and I’ve been arrested, detained and separated from my kids.
Several reports suggest Robinson will be sent back to England on Saturday, while he himself has said that his children’s mother is having to fly out to collect the kids.
MailOnline has approached Robinson for comment.
It’s not the first time the EDL co-founder has run into issues while abroad.
n 2020, it was widely reported that he had fled to Spain following an arson attack on his wife Jenna Vowles’ home.
Robinson said they had got places at local schools for his three children but was still ‘in the process’ of finding a permanent place for them to live.
He added: ‘I need my family to be away because they are not safe basically.’
But in a stunning u-turn, he later announced he would not be permanently moving to Spain because England ‘is my home’.
While he claims he has never committed a crime in Mexico, the far-right campaigner has faced prior convictions for violence, fraud and stalking in the UK.
In November 2013, Robinson pleaded guilty to fraud and was jailed for 18 months. He also has convictions for stalking, assault, using someone else’s passport, using threatening behaviour, and contempt of court.