Anti-vaccine party 'made beeline' for Scotland's Justice Secretary

Anti-vaccine party wearing yellow stars and armbands ‘made beeline’ for Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf at Glasgow election count ‘because of his skin colour’

  • Scotland’s Justice Secretary was accosted by Derek Jackson’s supporters
  • The group wore yellow stars and armbands as they questioned Humza Yousaf
  • Mr Yousaf said they asked questions about Pakistan because of his skin colour
  • Mr Jackson, a candidate, claimed the group were there to be ‘love marshalls’ 

Members of an anti-vaccine party wearing yellow stars and armbands ‘made a beeline’ for Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf yesterday.

Mr Yousaf was asked questions about Pakistan, even though he was born in Scotland, when Derek Jackson and a group of his supporters surrounded him at an election count in Glasgow. 

Mr Jackson, a candidate for Glasgow Southside, arrived at the election count with supporters dressed in the peculiar ensemble which has been associated with fascism.

The group also made a gesture that has been compared to the Nazi salute. 

Members of other political parties joined the SNP to confront the group, when they claimed the yellow stars were ‘sheriff’s badges’, even though the word ‘unvax’ was clearly written on them.

Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf was asked questions about Pakistan, even though he was born in Scotland, when Derek Jackson and a group of his supporters (pictured) surrounded him at an election count in Glasgow

Mr Jackson, who is also known as Deek Jackson, is standing for the Liberal Party – a small group unconnected to the Liberal Democrats.

Speaking to reporters after the incident, Mr Yousaf said ‘voices of good always outweigh the voices of hatred’.

He added: ‘If anyone witnessed that exchange there – when they were directing questions at me about Pakistan, obviously because of my colour of skin, I’m not from Pakistan, my home is in Scotland.

‘I was delighted to be joined my colleagues right across the political parties, from Labour and other parties, standing in unity with me. So I’m pleased their voices were drowned out.’

Mr Jackson, who is also known as Deek Jackson, is standing for the Liberal Party – a small group unconnected to the Liberal Democrats. Pictured, Mr Jackson as he was asked to leave

Speaking to reporters after the incident, Mr Yousaf said ‘voices of good always outweigh the voices of hatred’

Mr Jackson, a candidate for Glasgow Southside, arrived at the election count with supporters dressed in the peculiar ensemble which has been associated with fascism

He said there were ‘six muppets’ on one side but 25 others supporting him on the other. ‘That to me is the best of Scotland really,’ he said.

Mr Yousaf said the Liberal Party made a ‘beeline’ for him and asked him about ‘child rape victims in Pakistan’ as well as the Scottish Government’s Hate Crime Bill.

Mr Jackson and his supporters later said they were wearing yellow stars and armbands to be ‘love marshals’.

He said: ‘I hope none of you are stupid enough to believe we are promoting fascism.

‘When plainly and obviously we are here to satire and parody the fascist SNP hate laws.’  

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