Scotland votes to call for end to UK exports of tear gas and rubber bullets to US

Scotland votes to call for end to UK exports of tear gas and rubber bullets to US
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Scotland's parliament on Thursday voted to call for an end to the U.K.'s exports of tear gas to the U.S. as authorities around the country have used the chemical substance to respond to protests in response to the death of George Floyd.

The Independent reported that lawmakers voted 52 to 0 with 11 abstentions to pass a motion with an amendment calling on the British government to officially ban the exports, while also calling for the construction of a museum to address Scotland's history of racism and slavery.

"The Black Lives Matter movement has been inspiring and it needs to be heard right around the world: that racism exists in this country as well," said Patrick Harvie, the Green Party lawmaker who sponsored the amendment.


"I'm delighted that today the Scottish Parliament agreed to a Green amendment in an anti-racism debate calling for an establishment of a Museum of Slavery to really shine a light on this country's grim past connections with slavery and how the inequality of that history perpetuates even now," Harvie added.

Harvie went on to accuse the U.S. of being a "racist state" that was using tear gas and rubber bullets to "brutalize marginalized communities."

The motion comes as cities around the U.S. have seen violent pushback from police in response to demonstrations over the death of Floyd, a black man killed in Minneapolis police custody. Video of his arrest sparked protests after it was revealed that a white officer knelt on his neck while Floyd was handcuffed for nearly nine minutes.

Protests over Floyd's death have reached the U.K. as well as other European countries including France and Germany.