Public right to protest protected if Trump visits, minister pledges
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