Calls have been made for Nicola Sturgeon to condemn a group of Scottish nationalists who organized a demonstration near the border with England after waving provocative banners and telling people traveling north to “stay away” .
Photographs and video footage were posted online Saturday showing a small convoy of cars and vans adorned with Saltiers, SNP flags and independence slogans parked in a rest area on the A1 highway towards Berwick-upon -Tweed.
Eyewitnesses said activists wearing coveralls and masks of hazardous materials could be heard shouting “plague bearer” at northbound vehicles, reading license plates on live streams and waving banners with messages such as “Keep Scotland Covid Free”. One of these banners was linked to the sign welcoming motorists in Scotland.
In a video, a male activist addresses the camera, declaring: “Basically, what we are saying is to stay the f ** k”.
And in another clip, released by a pro-independence group on Twitter, a second male activist said that the group collects registration numbers for all motorhomes traveling to Scotland.
“If they do not stay at home, we will put them to shame to death,” can we hear the man say to viewers.
Politicians lined up on social media to condemn the actions of the protesters and for the SNP to respond with a statement.
Calling on Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon to condemn this behavior, Scottish Conservative MP John Lamont, who serves Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, wrote on Twitter: “It is appalling. I can’t really believe it. Nationalists tell the English to “stay away from Scotland”. “
Rachael Hamilton, Scottish Conservative MSP for Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire, called the scenes “nationalism at its worst”.
She added: “Scotland is supposed to be a welcoming country. Do these masked people realize that they are telling the Scots who live in England and work in Scotland to fuck off? What kind of example does this give @NicolaSturgeon? “
Another individual tweeted, “What about the Berwick fishermen who have boats in Eyemouth?” Will they be prevented from going to work? Trucks from English distribution centers crossing an internal border of the United Kingdom to replenish the shelves of Scottish supermarkets? These people are crazy. ”
The border protest comes as senior Scottish government health adviser and University of Edinburgh professor Devi Sridhar warned that divergent policies for locking coronaviruses from Scotland and England could create a ” high risk environment for the spread of the virus. “
Nationalists also retaliated last week after Prime Minister Boris Johnson insisted “there is no border between Scotland and England” during a quarrel over the quarantines of coronavirus, while Nicola Sturgeon refused to exclude border controls on visitors from the south if the virus showed signs. of a resurgence.
England eased many lockout restrictions this weekend, with pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas allowed to open to customers after months of inactivity.
Pubs, bars, restaurants, hairdressers and other shops in Scotland will remain closed until July 16.
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