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After Seeing How The U.S. Deals With Protesters, Scotland Votes To Stop The Supply Of Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, And Riot Gear To The U.S.
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After Seeing How The U.S. Deals With Protesters, Scotland Votes To Stop The Supply Of Tear Gas, Rubber Bullets, And Riot Gear To The U.S.

In light of recent events, the Scottish parliament took a stance against institutionalized racism and showed support to the BLM movement. The parliament has voted to end the export of rubber bullets, tear gas, and riot gear to the United States in order to help maintain the citizens’ right to peaceful protests, which have been met with police force in many cities throughout the USA.

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Last Thursday, the motion was put into place with the overwhelming support of 52 to 0 voting in favor and 11 abstentions. The motion says that the parliament “stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and considers that the UK government must immediately suspend all export licences for tear gas, rubber bullets and riot gear to the US.”

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The parliament also took the opportunity to address the country’s historic links to the slave trade. The same amendment also called for the creation of a slavery museum in Scotland.

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Patrick Harvie, co-leader of the Scottish Green Party, who proposed the successful amendment, called the police brutality happening in the US “appalling” and said that the Black Lives Matter movement is an inspiration for the whole world.

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“In the weeks since George Floyd’s brutal murder the world has been watching the appalling systematically racist police brutality and the systematically racist political establishment in the US that underpins that inequality. The Black Lives Matter movement has been inspiring and it needs to be heard right around the world: that racism exists in this country as well,” he said.

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“I’m delighted that today the Scottish Parliament agreed a Green amendment in an anti-racism debate calling for an establishment of a Museum of Slavery to really shine a light on this country’s grim past connections with slavery and how the inequality of that history perpetuates even now.”

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“But our amendment also called for an immediate halt of UK exports of tear gas, rubber bullets, and riot gear to the US. Those weapons of oppression are being used by a racist state and it is unacceptable for us to be exporting them, putting those weapons into the hands of people who will brutalise marginalised communities. It’s important that we stand in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Movement.”

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According to Insider, since 2010, the UK has supplied roughly $7.53 billion worth of munitions to the United States, including over $1 billion in firearms, $22 million in less-lethal rounds like tear gas and rubber bullets, and more than $2.5 million in riot shields.

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However, the UK’s licensing criteria states that material can’t be sold if there is a “clear risk that items might be used for internal repression.”

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EHops
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! I truly hope this goes through our joke of a police force whose sole job is to 'protect and serve' is a nightmare of a joke and they don't need further ammunition to abuse their title and hurt/kill innocent people.

Ben Allen
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pseudo Puppy, there was a supreme court decision very recently that literally stated that the police are under no legal obligation to save you. None. That sounds bad enough but from a legal precedent it is downright devastating and a terrifying foreshadowing of what they can use that defense for. Selecting who to save based on race or religion, advancing that precedent with a conservative majority to say they are at no legal obligation to save civilians from other cops, the list goes on. It shook the legal world and anyone who was paying attention. This country's original slogans like "serve and protect" and "give me your tired, your poor," are now just false advertisements.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hank you, Scotland. I hope the rest of the UK follows their example!

Marcellus the Third
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Given that Westminster happily supply Saudi Arabia with weapons and 'interrogation training', just forget it. On a global scale, you're safer in the US than in dozens of other countries; they're just not in the first-world tier of countries. Never been for their black population, used to be for their white population.

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Analyn Lahr
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah but...look, I agree the cops have been handling this all wrong and their behavior as a whole needs a serious overhaul. But if the bad ones don't have rubber bullets they're gonna use real ones. Maybe we should be like the UK and not give the patrol cops guns. But with a country this size, that'd be difficult especially with the illegal weapons trade and all the bad guys with automatic guns. We need more regulations, maybe more specialized units. I don't know. But every single cop needs a body can and if they turn it off while on duty they get in trouble. But every cop can't get a body can if departments get defunded. If the police are disbanded, who the hell is going to enforce the laws? Do you think criminals are just gonna stop committing crimes because there are no cops on the streets? Sorry, people in my town are calling for the defunding of the police. Good cops need to speak the fuck up. Also, we should take politics out of police and county sheriffs.

Josephine Maes
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you want to understand how society would look with a defunded police system, here is a great response by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: "It looks like a suburb. Affluent white communities already live in a world where they choose to fund youth, health, housing etc more than they fund police. These communities have lower crime rates not because they have more police but bc they have more resources to support healthy society in a way that reduces crime." Here is a link to her full statement: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.indy100.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-deund-police-black-lives-matter-aoc-9562736%3famp Defunding the police is necessary to creating a safer and more equitable society for ALL of us.

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EHops
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! I truly hope this goes through our joke of a police force whose sole job is to 'protect and serve' is a nightmare of a joke and they don't need further ammunition to abuse their title and hurt/kill innocent people.

Ben Allen
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Pseudo Puppy, there was a supreme court decision very recently that literally stated that the police are under no legal obligation to save you. None. That sounds bad enough but from a legal precedent it is downright devastating and a terrifying foreshadowing of what they can use that defense for. Selecting who to save based on race or religion, advancing that precedent with a conservative majority to say they are at no legal obligation to save civilians from other cops, the list goes on. It shook the legal world and anyone who was paying attention. This country's original slogans like "serve and protect" and "give me your tired, your poor," are now just false advertisements.

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Elizabeth Molloy
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Hank you, Scotland. I hope the rest of the UK follows their example!

Marcellus the Third
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Given that Westminster happily supply Saudi Arabia with weapons and 'interrogation training', just forget it. On a global scale, you're safer in the US than in dozens of other countries; they're just not in the first-world tier of countries. Never been for their black population, used to be for their white population.

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Analyn Lahr
Community Member
2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah but...look, I agree the cops have been handling this all wrong and their behavior as a whole needs a serious overhaul. But if the bad ones don't have rubber bullets they're gonna use real ones. Maybe we should be like the UK and not give the patrol cops guns. But with a country this size, that'd be difficult especially with the illegal weapons trade and all the bad guys with automatic guns. We need more regulations, maybe more specialized units. I don't know. But every single cop needs a body can and if they turn it off while on duty they get in trouble. But every cop can't get a body can if departments get defunded. If the police are disbanded, who the hell is going to enforce the laws? Do you think criminals are just gonna stop committing crimes because there are no cops on the streets? Sorry, people in my town are calling for the defunding of the police. Good cops need to speak the fuck up. Also, we should take politics out of police and county sheriffs.

Josephine Maes
Community Member
2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If you want to understand how society would look with a defunded police system, here is a great response by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez: "It looks like a suburb. Affluent white communities already live in a world where they choose to fund youth, health, housing etc more than they fund police. These communities have lower crime rates not because they have more police but bc they have more resources to support healthy society in a way that reduces crime." Here is a link to her full statement: https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.indy100.com/article/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-deund-police-black-lives-matter-aoc-9562736%3famp Defunding the police is necessary to creating a safer and more equitable society for ALL of us.

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