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What is Action on Sectarianism?

YouthLink Scotland, the National Agency for Youth Work has set up the first independent public website designed to challenge sectarianism in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government.

Accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones, this website will act as a central gateway to information and resources tackle sectarianism in Scotland by providing tailored user access to four distinct target groups:

Children and Young people

Adults: parents, carers, community groups

AoS Network: teachers, youth workers, academics, policy officers, community activists

A 'Smash a Fenian Day' flier promoting violence on the 1st May was sent to an MSP. It comes after a similar flier was circulated titled 'Punish a Muslim Day'. Both fliers encourage acts of violence and suggest a points-based reward.

It read, “We urge all Protestants to stand up and put all Fenians back in their place as it is time for our religion to fight the plastic Irish in our country. These Fenian b******* have infiltrated our society, our councils and our government as well as high ranking officials in law.

MSP James Dornan received the message and alerted the police. He said, “It’s hard to believe someone who is intelligent enough to type something like that would be stupid enough to think it’s a good idea. It’s a very tiny minority who try to ruin the good name of the vast majority of people in this country.”

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf tweeted, “Shocking. Vile stuff. All it takes is one person to act upon this and folk will get hurt.”

The letters are being treated as possible hate crimes by counter-terrorism.

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