Image for Scotland’s message to haters: ‘you’re not welcome here’

Scotland’s message to haters: ‘you’re not welcome here’

In a bid to tackle hate crime, billboard-sized posters have sprung up across Scotland

In a bid to tackle hate crime, billboard-sized posters have sprung up across Scotland

“Love lives in this country, not hate.” That’s the message of an advertising campaign that is designed to tackle hate crime across Scotland.

Led jointly by the Scottish government and the police, One Scotland targets racists, homophobes, transphobes, bigots and ‘disablists’ with a series of billboard-sized posters. Each concludes with an appeal to members of the public to report hate crime to the authorities.

One of the posters used in the campaign

Racially motivated hate crime in Scotland is at its lowest level since records began in 2003. However, hate crime based on sexual orientation, and hate crime towards people with disabilities have risen by 3 and 51 per cent respectively in the last year. The latter increase has been partially attributed to a greater awareness of the crime.

Featured image: representatives from the Scottish government and Police Scotland launch the campaign at the Writers’ Museum in Edinburgh, photographed by Tony Marsh

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