Alasdair Allan, SNP MSP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar, spoke last weekend at Glasgow’s George Square at the March against Racism Rally, which received public support from the trade union movement, the Scottish Refugee Council, churches and other organisations.
Alasdair Allan represented the Scottish Government in his capacity as Minister for International Development and Europe, and used this event to promote diversity and to show support for refugees, migrants and other ethnic minorities.
Commenting, Alasdair Allan said:
“I was delighted to represent the Scottish Government at this important event, which was a chance to showcase Scotland as a welcoming nation, which stands up against racism and intolerance. It was an opportunity to show solidarity with our friends, neighbours and colleagues from other countries – to show that we recognise their contribution to our society and that we are glad they are here.
“In the aftermath of the EU referendum, it is vital that we send a message that Scotland remains a welcoming place for all those who have chosen to make this country their home. We all have a duty to challenge prejudice and discrimination. Now, more so than ever, we must stand together and continue on our path towards a vibrant, diverse multi-cultural society based on mutual trust, respect and understanding.
“It was a moment of great pride when the people of the Western Isles opened their hearts to the crisis in Syria, and welcomed refugee families to our islands, and invited them to call the Isles and Scotland their home. Scotland is a welcoming country, and we stand with those internationally who believe that there should be no place for racism or discrimination of any kind.”