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Man behind Sadiq Khan giant balloon plan ‘sent antisemitic tweets’


London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The man behind the plan to fly a giant balloon of London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a bikini has been accused of previously sending a number of anti-semitic tweets.

Yanny Bruere blames Khan for the rise in violence and crime in London and he is heading a campaign aimed at making the city safe again. The giant balloon is part of his protest and it will fly over Parliament Square on Saturday (1).

This comes a month after Khan allowed a 20ft-high blimp depicting US President Donald Trump as an angry infant wearing a nappy and clutching a mobile phone to be flown in London by anti-Trump protesters.

“If people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini they’re welcome to do so,” Khan was quoted as saying by The Independent. ”I don’t really think yellow’s my colour though.”

The fundraising page for the Khan’s blimp read: “In light of the Donald Trump ‘Baby Trump’ ballon being allowed to fly over London during his visit to the UK, let’s get a ‘baby Khan’ one and see if FREE SPEECH applies to all and whether or not Mr Khan and the London assembly will also approve this.

“Under Sadiq Khan, we have seen crime skyrocket to unprecedented levels. People in London don’t feel safe and they aren’t safe, 81 murders this year alone! Khan Out. Any surplus money raised will be used for a continuing campaign to remove Sadiq Khan from office and also for defending free speech which is constantly under attack.”

Bruere launched the campaign in July and has been calling for support on social media, through the “Make London Safe Again” Facebook page and a Twitter account in his own name.

However, online investigators have linked Bruere to a deleted Twitter account with the handles @yanny1112 and later @allequal117 that contained antisemitic conspiracy theories, reported The Independent.

For instance, one tweet from the account claimed that “Zionists promote mass immigration into Europe” and the “White House is filled with Zionists”.

Another tweet claimed that the Jews were in control and “you’re not allowed to speak about them”, with the hashtag #jewsruntheworld.

“These tweets reveal that Bruere sometimes acted like a troll who used to respond with well-known antisemitic conspiracy theories,” Bellingcat investigators said in their report.

Bruere defended these tweets claiming they were deleted “a while ago” and they were part of longer threads.