11 June 2020

Scotland does not want to be complicit

The Scottish Parliament has called for the immediate suspension of exports of riot gear, tear gas and rubber bullets to the United States, in light of the police response to the ongoing Black Lives Matter protests. 
A successful motion, which was backed by 52 votes to 0 with 11 abstentions, says the parliament "stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and considers that the UK government must immediately suspend all export licences for tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear to the US". 
Patrick Harvie, the Green MSP who proposed the successful amendment, said the "weapons of oppression", which the UK government has granted active export licences for, were being used by a "racist state" to "brutalise marginalise communities".
Discussion thread here.


  1. While the UK continues to be the world's second largest arms exporter, 80% of it going to Middle Eastern countries. A UK court recently ruled that sales to Saudi Arabia were illegal because the arms are used against civilians in Yemen. Campaign Against Arms Trade said the sales “exposed the rank hypocrisy at the heart of UK foreign policy. The government claims to stand for human rights and democracy, but it is arming and supporting repressive regimes and dictatorships around the world.”

    It could be that Scotland is OK with that...


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