Right-wing thugs putting democ­racy at risk

Daily Record - - IAN BLACKFORD -

THERE have been some very ugly scenes at West­min­ster this past week, with right-wing anti-EU pro­test­ers be­com­ing ag­gres­sively hos­tile out­side Par­lia­ment on Col­lege Green – where the ma­jor­ity of TV in­ter­views with MPs take place.

Pro­test­ers on the Green are not un­com­mon, and they are an im­por­tant part of democ­racy, but what we are now wit­ness­ing is deeply wor­ry­ing.

Sky News pre­sen­ter Kay Bur­ley has been on the re­ceiv­ing end of vile, misog­y­nis­tic in­sults just for do­ing her job and pro-EU Tory MP Anna Soubry has been called a Nazi, sur­rounded by ag­gres­sive far right thugs, and pre­vented from en­ter­ing Par­lia­ment.

Call­ing them­selves the “Yel­low Vests UK”, the pro-Brexit pro­test­ers started last month, when they blocked a se­ries of bridges in cen­tral Lon­don, and they have been re­turn­ing to West­min­ster on an al­most daily ba­sis.

SNP MPs have signed a cross­party let­ter call­ing on the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice to take ac­tion and en­sure the safety of the pub­lic, the me­dia, and those who work in Par­lia­ment. Protests can be a pil­lar of our democ­racy, where peo­ple can use pub­lic space to make a point or de­mand change – but the in­tim­i­da­tion used by these far-right Brexit thugs poses a threat to our democ­racy.

Ev­ery­one should feel safe at their place of work and MPs and jour­nal­ists must be able to do their job free from threats and vi­o­lence.

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