SNP politicians criticized for posing for a poster at a rally

Two SNP politicians were seen posing next to a sign threatening to

Two SNP politicians posed next to a sign threatening to “behead TERF” at a rally in Glasgow. (Twitter/Murdo Fraser))

Police investigate a sign threatening a ‘TERF beheading’ at a rally in Glasgow after two SNP politicians appeared nearby.

The sign prompted a backlash from author JKRowling, who accused the MP and MSP of “temporary blindness” for not having seen it in person, but later issued statements denouncing the sign.

The poster, which featured a photo of the guillotine, appeared in photos shared on social media after a rally in Glasgow.

The term “TERF” refers to “trans-exclusive radical feminists”.

MP Kirsten Oswald and MSP Kaukab Stewart were photographed close to the poster, prompting criticism online.

Tory MSP Murdo Fraser said he had reported the sign to the police, saying it was “clearly a hate crime and a public nuisance”.

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He added: “Good God [Nicola Sturgeon]do your MP and MSP [Kirsten Oswald] and [Kaukab Stewart] really stand under a banner with a guillotine and that “Decapitate Terfs” slogan? And that’s supposed to be “progressive”?

Fellow Tory politician Jamie Halcro-Johnston tweeted: “Scotland in 2023 – where SNP politicians smile in front of a banner calling for violence against women. Shame”.

Kaukab Stewart issued a statement condemning the poster.  (Twitter/Kaukab Stewart)

Kaukab Stewart issued a statement condemning the poster. (Twitter/Kaukab Stewart)

Both politicians shared statements condemning the poster and its message.

Oswald tweeted: “This is a scary sign that wasn’t there when I joined the demo. It most certainly does not represent my views, and it is not language I would ever use.

“Any kind of violent, hateful language is unacceptable and has no place in the peaceful movement for LGBT equality and democracy.”

Oswald also condemned the playbill.  (Twitter/Kirsten Oswald)

Oswald also condemned the playbill. (Twitter/Kirsten Oswald)

Stewart wrote: “I was unaware of these hateful signs when I attended today’s protest in defense of Scottish democracy and transgender rights, and I completely disagree with them.

“Violent hate speech is completely unacceptable and has absolutely no place in our public discourse.”

Their statements prompted a reaction from JKRowling, who tweeted: “A strange new form of temporary blindness has broken out among Scottish politicians.

“Neither of them could read posters advocating violence against women standing inches away from them, but they were instantly cured when photos of them posing with these signs hit the press.”

JK Rowling accused politicians of

JKRowling accused politicians of “temporary blindness”. (Twitter/JK Rowling)

Other politicians ventured in a row.

MP Joanna Cherry said: “I’m sure my colleagues didn’t realize they were facing a hateful sign threatening violence against women and would distance themselves from it.

“I’m due back in court soon to testify against a transgender rights activist who threatened to kill me.”

Chris McEleny, general secretary of the Alba party, said: “If only SNP MPs showed up at pro-independence rallies like they do at rallies that pose in front of ‘decapitated terf’ banners.”

A Scottish Police spokesman said: “We have received a report regarding a sign that was displayed at a rally in Buchanan Street in Glasgow on Saturday 21 January 2023.

“Investigations are underway.”

Yahoo News UK has reached out to the SNP for comment.

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