Unionist violence broke out in Glasgow yesterday, and very little of the Unionist violence overall has been covered by the MSM—in which I include the BBC/Guardian. I thought fellow Americans might find it helpful to see a roundup of what’s been trending on social media here. As a Yes voter here in Scotland, social media has been the way Yes voters have connected, and the way information has gotten out.
Jimmah (AyePod) warned me yesterday to take all my Yes stuff off (buttons, stickers, etc) and I really thought he was being too fearful—I’ve travelled all over the US safely with liberal buttons, long after the election (and sometimes losing!) and never felt fearful. But in Glasgow people are being stabbed in the face for wearing a Yes button, which the MSM ignores even while they rush to cover a Yes voter throwing an egg. Check out some of these videos of unionist violence from yesterday, and you’ll understand why I have, against every one of my admittedly American principles, removed my Yes campaign gear:
No Voters Surround Young Girl: (video)
Video of Unionists attacking Yes voters
Unionists giving a Nazi salute
Maresa Mcgowan @maresa_mcgowan
Check out sky news trying to pretend that it’s both sides that are fighting:
Finally, I’d like to point out that Scottish nationalism is very different from British nationalism, as we see here in a guest piece on the guardian by Billy Bragg:
In Scotland, Wales and Ireland nationalism is the name given to the campaign for self-determination. James Connolly gave his life for the nationalist cause; John MacLean, perhaps the greatest leftwinger that Scotland has produced, was in favour of independence and campaigned for a Scottish parliament.
Both recognised that the British state was highly resistant to reform, and that the interests of working people were best served by breaking with the United Kingdom.
England’s dominant role has meant that it has never felt the urge to be free of the British state. As a result, the nationalism that has emerged there has been ethnic, seeking to unite the indigenous population against the perceived threat of outsiders. And for all of us in Europe, ethnic nationalism casts a long shadow.
Hope this is informative. See also:
How the media shafted the people of Scotland
Note: Some fake images have also been circulating on twitter, so pay attention.