Call to si­lence ‘mos­quito’

MSP backs cam­paign

Hamilton Advertiser - - ALL ABOUT LANARKSHIRE - Ste­fanie Mccourt

Hamil­ton, Larkhall and Stone­house MSP Christina Mck­elvie has called for a ban on the con­tro­ver­sial‘mos­quito de­vice’ at Hamil­ton Cen­tral train sta­tion.

As re­ported in the Ad­vertiser, a war of words erupted over the use of the con­tro­ver­sial anti-loi­ter­ing de­vice at the sta­tion back in July.

Its in­stal­la­tion came af­ter in­creas­ing re­ports of anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and youth dis­or­der in the area, with the sta­tion be­ing dubbed the “worst in Scot­land” af­ter be­ing over­run by teenage gangs.

Ms Mck­elvie met with The Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple’s Com­mis­sioner for Scot­land, Bruce Adam­son, and chair­per­son of the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment, Amy Lee Fraioli MSYP, to dis­cuss the on­go­ing pro­tec­tion of chil­dren and young peo­ple in Scot­land last week.

On the agenda was the topic of the mos­quito de­vice. The de­vice has re­ceived wide­spread con­dem­na­tion from the Youth Par­lia­ment, who ar­gue the de­vices breach the hu­man rights of young peo­ple.

Ms Mck­elvie said: “The Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment and the Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple’s Com­mis­sioner are at the fore­front in the pro­tec­tion of the rights of the child in Scot­land.

“Cen­tral to our dis­cus­sions was the mos­quito de­vice at Hamil­ton Cen­tral train sta­tion – which I have been a vo­cal op­po­nent of.

“The Youth Par­lia­ment has done great work in call­ing for the mos­quito de­vice to be banned and I am happy to strongly sup­port their cam­paign.

“The re­cent Pro­gramme for Govern­ment has reaf­firmed the Scot­tish Govern­ment’s com­mit­ment to hu­man rights and the rights of the child.

“I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this close re­la­tion­ship with the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment and the Chil­dren and Young Peo­ple’s Com­mis­sioner as we en­trench fur­ther the pro­tec­tions and hu­man peo­ple.”

Ms Fraioli was de­lighted to have the lo­cal politi­cian’s sup­port. She said: “I was de­lighted for the op­por­tu­nity to meet with Ms Mck­elvie along­side Mr Adam­son to dis­cuss the use of mos­quito de­vices, which are es­sen­tially tor­ture de­vices tar­get­ing those aged 25 and un­der.

“Tak­ing such mea­sures in a bid to tackle anti-so­cial be­hav­iour does noth­ing to ad­dress the root cause of the prob­lem.

“All it does is send a mes­sage to all young peo­ple that their pres­ence in a pub­lic space is not wel­come.

“This is nei­ther help­ful, con­struc­tive.”

Chil­dren and rights of our Young young nor Peo­ple’s Com­mis­sioner for Scot­land, Mr Adam­son, added: “The use of mos­quito de­vices to dis­perse chil­dren and young peo­ple from our pub­lic spa­ces is dis­pro­por­tion­ate and de­grad­ing and is a breach of their hu­man rights.

“I fully sup­port the Scot­tish Youth Par­lia­ment’s cam­paign to have the mos­quito banned in Scot­land and I’m pleased that Ms Mck­elvie has lent her pub­lic sup­port to this.

“Amy Lee Fraioli and her peers at SYP are tak­ing on this is­sue with pas­sion and com­mit­ment and the Scot­tish Govern­ment and our pub­lic bod­ies need to lis­ten to them and, more im­por­tantly, act upon the views of Scot­land’s chil­dren and young peo­ple.”

Mspchristina Mck­elvie Sound con­trolthe ‘mos­quito’de­vice has caused a huge row at Hamil­ton Cen­tral

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