LONDON — A video posted to social media on Sunday captures police in London arresting a man who had been preaching on the sidewalk outside of Southgate Station, telling him that “you’re disturbing people’s day” and “nobody wants to listen to that.” The man was taken into custody after refusing to “go away.”
The name of the street preacher is not yet known, but according to an Instagram post, the man is from Nigeria. He appears to be in his senior years.
“What are you doing here?” the responding officer asks.
“I am preaching,” the man advises.
“You’re preaching. I am going to require you to go away,” the officer states.
“You can never!” the man exclaims.
“Okay, then I will arrest you for breach of peace, plain and simple,” the officer threatens.
“What breach of peace?” the man asks.
“It’s what you’re doing at the moment. You’re posing problems. You’re disturbing people’s days, and your breaching their peace,” the officer asserts. “If you won’t go away voluntarily, we will have to arrest you.”
The man again refuses to leave.
“I will not go away because I need to tell them the truth,” he replies.
He then resumes preaching.
“Jesus is the only way, the truth and life, and nobody …” the man begins, but is interrupted by the officer.
“I appreciate that, but nobody wants to listen to that,” he interjects. “They
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