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Prime Minister Humza Yousaf condemns racist graffiti directed at him near his home in Dundee


Humza Yousaf said it was “increasingly difficult” to protect her children from racism after being the target of Islamophobic graffiti near her Dundee home.

Racist slurs linked to the Scottish First Minister’s Pakistani heritage were sprayed on the walls and fences of houses on a street in Broughty Ferry on Monday.

It is close to where the Prime Minister lives with his wife and two children.

The graffiti, which has since been removed, took place on the day the Scottish Government Controversial new hate crime laws come into effect.

Yousaf, who became Scotland Prime Minister of Muslims and ethnic minorities last March, posted on X: “I do my best to protect my children from the racism and Islamophobia that I regularly face. It becomes increasingly difficult when racist graffiti targeting me appears near our family home.

“A reminder of why we must, collectively, take a zero-tolerance approach to hate.”

This is not the first time Mr. Yousaf has responded to Islamophobia aimed at his family.

Yousaf, whose in-laws were stuck in Gaza for about a month before fleeing through Egypt, said in January that life for Muslims and Palestinians was considered “cheap” and “different.”

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Last month, he also condemned “Islamophobic attacks” against his family, denying claims that a government donation to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA) constituted a conflict of interest.

Police Scotland is investigating the graffiti and said “investigations are ongoing.”

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A protest took place outside Holyrood on Monday against new hate crime laws.

The SNP said: “This graffiti was sickening and completely unacceptable. It reminds us why we must take a zero-tolerance approach to hate.

“We are grateful to the authorities for acting so quickly to remove it, as this type of vile and racist comments can have serious consequences for the individuals, families and wider community who are forced to see it.

“Racism has absolutely no place in our society and everyone must play their part to fight it.”


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