Alex Salmond pledges ‘zero tolerance’ to demonisation of Muslims

25th Jul 2014

Jennifer G Andrade

Scotland’s authorities have said they will take a “zero tolerance” approach to attempts to demonise Muslims after a man from Aberdeen appeared in a terrorist propaganda recruitment video, First Minister, Alex Salmond, said on June 26.

The 13 minute video, ‘There is no Life without Jihad’ emerged on June 25. It was posted by accounts linked to terrorist group ISIS and featured two of the six fighters identified as Nasser Muthana and Reyaad Khan, who are both from Cardiff.

During First Minister Questions, North East MSP Kevin Stewart said, “Appearance of the boy in the recruitment video shocked the Muslim Community and all of the people of the city.”

He added that the “actions of one individual should not reflect an entire community” and “all Aberdonians should continue to live together in peace and solidarity.”

Salmond responded, “I wholeheartedly agree with that as I believe and I hope the whole chamber agrees with that.”

The First Minister said, “One of the purposes of extremists is to seek to divide a community. Radicalisation is something that we have been, continue to be, constantly vigilant about.”

He said individual actions “should not and must not be seen as reflecting in any mainstream opinion in any community of Scotland. We know from experience how well this country can react to such challenges, as the integrated community response to the attack at Glasgow Airport in 2007 showed Scotland at its very best. All fair-minded people in Aberdeen and across the country will support our zero tolerance approach to any attempt to demonise or encourage hate crime against the Muslim community or indeed any other minority group in Scotland.”

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