British police: Social media posts about Alfie Evans are ‘being monitored’
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UPDATE April 26 at 9:03 a.m. EST: The Alfie's Army Facebook group is once again appearing in Facebook search results.
LIVERPOOL, England, April 25, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Liverpool police are warning that social media posts about “Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans” are “being monitored” and what they deem as “malicious communications” will be investigated.
“Merseyside Police has been made aware of a number of social media posts which have been made with reference to Alder Hey Hospital and the ongoing situation involving Alfie Evans,” Merseyside Police Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said. “I would like to make people aware that these posts are being monitored and remind social media users that any offences including malicious communications and threatening behaviour will be investigated and where necessary will be acted upon.”
23-month-old Alfie Evans is in Alder Hey children’s hospital in Liverpool. A court order had him removed from his ventilator on April 23 just after 9:00 PM. Alfie defied everyone’s expectations by breathing on his own. Parents Tom and Kate have fought every step of the way since this time to secure oxygen, water, and food for their son. The toddlers’ doctors say that Alfie has an undiagnosed neurological condition that has resulted in serious and irreparable brain damage.
Britain and its government have found themselves in the news a lot this week, as an elderly man named Timothy Hill was sentenced to eight months in prison for making a rude hand gesture at a traffic camera while using a laser jammer to conceal his speed.
A number of Twitter users responded to Merseyside Police’s tweet about its surveillance of Alfie’s supporters by sending the precinct the now-famous photo of Hill raising his middle finger.
“What kind of dictatorship are you running there?” Red State’s Brandon Morse asked.
Is this a for real statement from police?! What kind of dictatorship are you running there? This isn't a free western country! https://t.co/YNHxXj2aww— Brandon Morse (@TheBrandonMorse) April 25, 2018
Social media has been united the world around Alfie Evans, and his parents have documented their struggle to save their son in the “Alfie’s Army” Facebook group, which now has nearly half a million members.
The public group – meaning its settings allow for anyone on Facebook to find it – could not be found via a regular search on April 25, 2018 at 2:51 p.m. The massive group still exists, and it’s unclear why it won’t show up in a search.
The UK has come under scrutiny for its policing of online speech before, when in 2017 a top prosecutor announced a new crackdown on social media posts about LGBT issues because “whether shouted or tweeted, prejudice devastates lives.”
British police are on scene at Alder Hey to ensure Alfie cannot leave.
Another writer for Red State, Kira Davis, suggested that by refusing to let Alfie leave the country to get treatment, England is acting as East Germany did to prevent anyone from escaping.
Davis recalled a documentary featuring one of the designers of the Berlin Wall, who explained that the wall had to be built to show the people escaping socialism that it was really a great system: “Too many people were leaving for the West and you need people to make socialism work. We had to build the wall to keep them in so they could see how great socialism was, so they could see that it works.”
Great Britain doesn’t yet have a wall to keep its citizens in, but the courts have built one with the law. Just as East Germany could not tolerate the massive loss of defectors who were leaving with their training, intellect and tax dollars, Great Britain’s healthcare system cannot tolerate the defection of those who might find better healthcare somewhere else.
After all, how would it look if Alfie were allowed to leave England (allowed to leave a free country! Even to write the words feels absurd!) and then found a successful treatment in another country?
It would be an abject embarrassment to a government that holds up their socialist healthcare as one of the wonders of the Western world. Not only would they be forced to admit that their own doctors and bureaucrats were wrong for denying this baby life-saving measures, but they would then have to deal with hundreds, maybe thousands of other citizens fleeing the bondage of NHS algorithms for a chance at swifter, more modern healthcare.
Sadly, Alfie – and little Charlie Gard before him – is doomed to be the sacrificial lamb at the altars of pride and socialism.
You will never convince me that this is right in any way. Never.
Because what this is… this is nothing short of real, actual, genuine evil.