Perth: Protesters ‘Spit On Retirees’ Outside Leadership Campaigns

Perth: Protesters ‘Spit On Retirees’ Outside Leadership Campaigns

Protesters 'throw eggs' and yell 'conservative scum' outside of leadership campaigns

Politicians have condemned the response to the arrival of Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss (Image: Reuters/Getty/PA)

Hundreds of angry protesters shouted “Conservative scum” and “threw eggs” at Conservatives as they rallied ahead of a leadership campaign in Scotland.

Signs reading “It’s Independence Time” and “Miss Truss v Rich Boy Rishi, Election?” were held in Perth on Tuesday.

MPs have claimed there was “intimidation of older members” with retirees “spitting on” and some protesters pushing barriers.

Others shouted at attendees and called on the country to ‘defy Tory rule’ with banners reading ‘No buts, no Tory cuts’ and ‘Refugees welcome’.

Party members had gathered to see Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak questioned three weeks before one is selected as the next prime minister.

Both Mr Sunak and Mrs Truss would boost support for Scottish independence as Tory leader, according to a new survey by Survation and Diffley Partnership for Charlotte Street Partners.

Police Scotland managed crowds outside the city’s Concert Hall and said there were no reports of injuries. Officers warned that any reports of crime will be thoroughly investigated.

One protester told STV News: ‘I am protesting because Rishi Sunak and Liz Truss are coming here.

“No matter which one of them is the leader, we’re still going to have horrendous conservative policies that are driving people deeper and deeper into poverty.”

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Some protesters yelled at those in attendance (Image: Wattie Cheung/Shutterstock)
A sign read ‘Mis Truss v Rich Boy Rishi’. Choice?’ (Image: Getty Images)
Police officers speak to protesters outside Perth Concert Hall (Image: PA)
One woman’s t-shirt said ‘You can shove your union up your ass’ (Image: Wattie Cheung/REX/Shutterstock)

When another protester was asked ‘what’s wrong with the Tories?’ she replied: ‘What’s wrong with them?’

Conservative and SNP politicians condemned last night’s scenes, with one calling the protesters “morons”.

Conservative MP Andrew Bowie, who later introduced Mr Sunak on stage, tweeted: “Eggs thrown, pensioners spit on. The old “tory scum” sign out…

“Good to see @NicolaSturgeon’s gleeful civic nationalism in action in Perth tonight.”

David Linden, who represents Glasgow East, responded: “These morons don’t speak for me or my party. We condemn his behavior completely and unequivocally.

‘If any of them are found to be members of the SNP, they should be expelled immediately. It’s as simple as that.’

Scottish Conservative MSP Stephen Kerr also lashed out at the protests, tweeting: “I’m not what you call insensitive, but the nationalist protest in our Perth campaigns today has been particularly disgusting.”

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People take part in a demonstration outside the Perth Concert Hall, in Perth, Scotland, Britain, August 16, 2022. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Protesters said they did not want Mr Sunak or Liz Truss as prime minister (Image: Reuters)
People held banners to protest against the arrival of candidates to become the country’s next prime minister (Image: AFP via Getty Images)
A protester called for Scotland to ‘challenge the Tory government’ (Image: Getty Images Europe)

‘Alongside the sadly normal ‘conservative scum’, yelling and bullying older members, spitting, angry, bilious members who just want to know about the candidates.’

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “An appropriate policing plan was in place to maintain public safety and minimize disruption.”

‘Police Scotland is a rights-based organization that places our values ​​of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do.

“Under the European Convention on Human Rights, we have a duty to protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter protests against the rights of the wider community.”

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