Man Arrested For ‘Offensive’ Facebook Post About Syrian Migrants

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A man was arrested in Scotland Tuesday for posting “offensive” messages about migrants on Facebook.

[dcquiz] Police Scotland arrested the 40-year-old man after he posted a series of allegedly offensive posts on social media about a group of Syrian families resettled on a nearby island, reported The Guardian.

“I hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media,” Inspector Ewan Wilson from the local police office said, according to The Guardian.

Twelve Syrian families were recently settled on the tiny island of Bute — the first of about 1,000 families expected to occupy the area. The day after their plane touched down, a member of parliament slammed locals for writing “cruel and so disappointing” comments on social media connecting the families with last year’s deadly terror attack in Paris.

“They have had to endure so much to reach this country, and abandon everything they had ever known,” the member of parliament, Mhairi Black, wrote in a Facebook post. “It is no easy task to become a refugee in these islands, and so for those that make it we must welcome them with open arms.”

The Telegraph reported last week that thousands of Iraqi refugees living in Finland are voluntarily returning to Baghdad, saying they don’t like the food or the cold weather and the locals are unfriendly.

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