Pub­lic right to protest pro­tected if Trump vis­its, min­is­ter pledges

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Polic­ing of any visit to Scotland by Don­ald Trump will main­tain the “im­por­tant right to protest peace­fully”, the com­mu­nity safety min­is­ter has pledged.

Annabelle Ewing said the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment had not been ad­vised over whether the out­spo­ken US pres­i­dent will travel north when he comes to the UK in July.

But she stressed Scotland’s “proud and long­stand­ing tra­di­tion of peace­ful protest” would be main­tained if he does.

Mr Trump has sev­eral con­nec­tions to Scotland, own­ing golf re­sorts in Ayr­shire and Aberdeen­shire, and his mother was born in Lewis in the Outer He­brides.

Green MSP Pa­trick Harvie said many Scots would want to ex­press “their re­vul­sion at the racism, the misog­yny, the cli­mate de­nial and the litany of lies Pres­i­dent Trump is responsible for”.

And he asked Ms Ewing to “en­sure the right to protest is not re­stricted in the event of a visit to Scotland by Don­ald Trump”.

She told him: “There is no law in Scotland stop­ping peo­ple from protest­ing in a peace­ful man­ner.

“Po­lice Scotland has con­firmed ar­range­ments are in place to po­lice any visit in a way that main­tains the pub­lic’s right to protest peace­fully, while en­forc­ing ex­ist­ing laws as nec­es­sary.”

Don­ald Trump is vis­it­ing the UK in July

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