Police Scotland have confirmed a spike in racially and religiously motivated hate crimes since the Paris attacks last week (13 Nov.).
Iain Livingstone, Deputy Chief Constable, said there have been 64 reported incidents of hate crime in Scotland in the past week, including physical, verbal, and online abuse.
Livingstone spoke at Glasgow Central Mosque, as religious groups gathered to show their opposition to religiously-motivated hate crime in Scotland.
He said: “We take a firm stance on dealing with all allegations of hate crime including those motivated by racial and religious intolerance. The increased police activity in responding to international terrorism is matched by the increased efforts of Police Scotland officers dealing with hate crime.”
Humza Yousaf MSP, Scotland’s only Muslim minister, has been a target of online abuse in the past, which resulted in one man being sentenced to unpaid work in July.
The Daily Record reported the latest incident had been brought to court, where the suspect admitted to sending a racist slur to Yousaf on Twitter.
Speaking on the case, Yousaf said: “This case demonstrates that Scotland takes a zero-tolerance approach to racism or any hate crime.
“It also shows that racists will not be able to hide behind the anonymity of the internet. If you commit cyber hate crimes, you will be investigated.”
Other incidents have been reported in Bishopbriggs, Thornliebank, and Glasgow Central Station, where a group of students were victims of religious abuse.
The First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has spoken of her distaste at the new figures. She said: “There is absolutely no place for bigotry and prejudice in Scotland and this government is clear that any form of hate crime is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated in 21st Century Scotland.
Sturgeon is celebrating her first full year as Scotland’s First Minister, where she remains the UK’s most popular politicians. She was also awarded Scotland’s Politician of the Year award for a record-breaking fourth time.