Speaking after BBC reports of a possible deliberate fire at a Cultural Centre in Bishopbriggs that is used as a Mosque by the Muslim Community Grahame Smith, General Secretary of the Scottish Trades Union Congress said:
“While the police are still investigating the exact nature of this incident, the STUC has been saddened to note a rise in community tensions after the attack in Paris on Friday night. Scotland’s Muslim community cannot, and should not, be held responsible for the despicable acts of extremists here, across Europe or in Syria.
“At this time it is important that we continue to pursue our values of peace and tolerance and show that Scotland is a welcoming and warm nation where everyone’s Human Rights are respected.
“Refugees are arriving today into Glasgow as part of the Vulnerable Person Relocation scheme and it is important that everyone across Scotland comes together to make these people – also the victims of terrorism and violence – welcome. To this end the STUC will be holding its annual anti-racism march on Saturday 28th November in Glasgow with the theme ‘No Racism: Refugees Welcome Here’ and calls on everyone who rejects racism and islamophobia and who supports peace to join us in a show of solidarity.”
Notes to Editors
The STUC is holding its annual St Andrew’s Day Anti-Racism March on 28th November in Glasgow. The march will assemble at 10:30am in Glasgow Green and a rally will be held at 12 noon in the Glasgow Film Theatre. The rally will hear personal testimonies from refugees who have made Scotland their home. For more details on the March and Rally http://www.stuc.org.uk/campaigns-and-external-events/st-andrews-day-2015
For more information contact Helen Martin 0141 337 8100