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Arrests made after red paint sprayed on Scottish Parliament

Red paint has been sprayed across the front of the Scottish Parliament as part of a protest against rising food insecurity.

Police Scotland said three people have been arrested in connection with damage to the building in Edinburgh as enquiries continue.

Climate campaign group This Is Rigged is calling on the Scottish government to implement a community food hub for every 500 households in Scotland.

The group’s ongoing campaign is also urging supermarkets to slash the cost of baby formula to March 2021 prices.

This Is Rigged has vowed to continue to escalate actions until its demands are met.

Just last week, a bust of Queen Victoria was spattered with porridge and jam during a demonstration at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Handout photo issued by This Is Rigged of a bust of Queen Victoria on the plinth at Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum after protesters poured porridge and jam over it. Sorcha Ni Mhairtin, 30, and Hannah Taylor, 23 from This Is Rigged carried sprayed painted the word c*** on the plinth before reportedly gluing themselves to it. The group said it carried out the act to protest against increasing food insecurity. Issue date: Sunday March 3, 2024.
Image: A bust of Queen Victoria was also targeted in Glasgow recently. Pic: This Is Rigged/PA

In the demonstration in Edinburgh on Monday, the activists claimed a quarter of Scots have experienced food insecurity in the past year.

This Is Rigged said on Instagram: “We are demanding that the Scottish government meet with us to discuss the implementation of a community food hub per every 500 households in Scotland.

“Until we see the foundational human right to food met, we will continue to disrupt, to resist, to redistribute, to take back what’s rightfully ours.”

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The Scottish Parliament was sprayed with red paint. Pic: This Is Rigged
Image: The Scottish Parliament was sprayed with red paint. Pic: This Is Rigged

The Scottish government has been contacted for comment.

The Scottish Parliament said criminal damage is a matter for the police and advised that “delays are likely for anyone arriving at Holyrood today”.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Three people have been arrested in connection with damage to the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh following a protest around 10.45am on Monday 11 March 2024.

“Enquiries are ongoing.”

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