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Thu May 17, 2012, 07:06 AM

Scotland: Arrests over anti-Semitic remarks on Facebook

Five men and a 15-year-old youth have been arrested in East Renfrewshire and Glasgow after anti-Semitic remarks were posted on social network site Facebook.

Almost 50 police officers raided seven addresses after complaints from members of the Jewish community in Giffnock.

It followed a number of offensive posts on a page entitled: "Welcome to Israel, only kidding you're in Giffnock."

The six people arrested were charged with a breach of the peace with religious and racial aggravations.
Hate crimes

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-18087379

Much as I dislike bigotry, this is scary.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 07:34 AM

1. Many hereabouts wish to move US law in the same direction

as the EU..last month a person was arrested in the UK for talking naughty about a politician.."hate speech" is protected here, as it should be, as long as it isn't being used to incite violence or violate the rights of others. There is no right protecting people from hearing offensive speech, nor should there be.

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Thu May 17, 2012, 07:43 AM

2. Funny how Facebook never does anything about the sexist crap some people post.

How many times can one report a post before FB would remove it?

I hate bigotry, too, but FB seems very selective. And I report actual calls to violence.

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Response to cali (Original post)

Thu May 17, 2012, 08:50 AM

3. So someone in the UK who posted on DU that they hate evangelical Christians,

could be criminally prosecuted.

I like the First Amendment.

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