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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-00979

Holding Racists Accountable

Submitted by: James Dornan, Glasgow Cathcart, Scottish National Party.
Date lodged: Thursday, September 9, 2021

Supported by: Bill Kidd

That the Parliament unequivocally condemns the anti-Irish racism and religious bigotry reported to have been exhibited in Glasgow by a group of people, mostly dressed in black, on 29 August 2021, who, it believes, and as reported by the media, were supporters of Rangers FC; commends the reported swift actions taken by Rangers FC in previous instances of hate crimes committed against its own supporters, and hopes that similar professionalism will be employed this time; requests that Rangers FC conducts an internal investigation into the reasons for these reported instances of anti-Irish racism, and what it believes to be the root cause of any racism, so that it may proceed to finally resolve this plight; urges Rangers FC, Police Scotland, the Scottish Government, Glasgow City Council and any other interested parties to hold a summit to deal with what it sees as this longstanding and dangerous issue, which it considers tarnishes the football club and the country, and assures the Irish and Catholic communities in Scotland that they are welcome and valued citizens of Scotland.