‘Racists should have been arrested’: Former First Minister slams Glasgow Central Station border protesters

A former First Minister of Scotland has slammed protestors at Glasgow Central Station yesterday as “racists”.

Three men had staged a stunt, which included unveiling a controversial banner reading: ‘England get out of Scotland’.

The banner was unfurled shortly before a train was due to arrive at the station from London.

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Former First Minister Jack McConnell has since dubbed the trio as “racists”, who “should have been arrested”.

A Tweet reads: “These racists should have been arrested”. 

Current First Minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned the act, adding that she does not endorse the protestors’ behavior. 

She said: “The people who protested at the border did not speak for me, they were not there on my behalf or communicating a message that I endorse in any way. I would emphatically say I do not endorse that.”

The three men were told to leave by police after the held up their banner.

Sean Clerkin, who spearheaded the protest, has said it was not anti-English orientated but admitted the banner was worded to be provocative.

He said: “The banner is deliberately provocative to get the message home. We mean Scots, English, any nationality south of the border not to come to Scotland to protect public health.

“Scotland is a nation and a citizens of Scotland we want to safeguard the public health of people in Scotland.”

Glasgow Times | News