September 18, 2021

Call for a summit on anti-Irish racism after the ‘famine song’ march in Glasgow.

A Glasgow MSP has called for a summit to tackle anti-Irish racism when footage of a march in the city center shows men singing “The Feminine Song”.

Since Sunday’s march, city politicians have called for action, where a group was filmed singing a song that the first judge described as racist.

Police are investigating the incident and say arrests are expected after dozens of people walked down the street on Argyle Street under Helenman’s umbrella before Sunday’s Old Firm match.

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Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins promised that “previous” action would be taken.

In a video posted on social media, the men are heard singing, telling Irish people to “go home” because “the famine is over”.

Keith Cart SNPMSP James Dornen has moved a motion in the Scottish Parliament asking other MSPs to sign.

Glasgow Times:

The MSP said there were groups. Rangers Supporters and clubs have been asked to take action.

Glasgow Labor MSP Paul Sweeney wrote to police. Scotland, Asking why it was allowed to happen.

In the motion, Dornen called on MSPs to “indiscriminately condemn and hate anti-Irish racism and religious bigotry.”

He said it was the latest in a series of similar incidents with a large number of supporters.

The MSP appreciated the “swift action” by Rangers FC on the previous incident and hoped that they would act on the occasion as well.

He urges Rangers, Police Scotland, the Scottish Government and Glasgow City. Council “To convene a summit to deal with this long-standing, disgusting and dangerous problem that will bring the football club and the country into disrepute.”

Sweeney, meanwhile, has asked police to explain why the march was allowed to continue.

Glasgow Times:

“I have written a letter to Police Scotland explaining why anti-Catholic prejudice and anti-Irish racism were allowed to take to the streets of Glasgow without challenge,” he said.

He added: “It’s been a long time coming, we need immediate action and a commitment to end it wherever it raises.”

In the letter, Sweeney said: “Video footage is circulating during this march. This video footage clearly shows that Scotland Police officers have been providing facilities for the march despite the singing of this song.

The MSP said: “Following the 2009 Justice Appeals Court decision in which Lord Carlyle confirmed that Feminine Song was racist, people were forced to leave Scotland because of their ethnicity. That being said, I would expect any ongoing inquiry to be concluded in a speedy and timely manner.

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