Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Web campaign calls on Americans to boycott Scotland

US citizens asked to shun Scottish and UK products as well as holidays in Scotland in protest over release of Megrahi

Whisky, Highland holidays and British Petroleum are on the list that Americans have been urged to boycott in protest against the release of the Lockerbie bomber, Abdelbaset al-Megrahi. The BoycottScotland website wants American nationals not just to shun Scotland, but to refuse to buy anything from the whole of the UK, which it accuses of washing its hands of the entire affair.

The website states:

Unless the Scottish government rescinds this decision to release al-Megrahi, and if the British parliament continues to avoid intervening in the matter, we urge all Americans to protest this action by boycotting the United Kingdom and Scotland in full.

US tourists spend £260m a year in Scotland – and the campaign has already had an impact, with VisitScotland receiving letters of protest from Americans. So far there have been no cancellations but this comes at a bad time for Scotland's national tourism organisation, which is currently targeting American tourists with Scottish ancestry with its Homecoming campaign. The BoycottScotland website suggests Ireland as a similar holiday destination for those wanting to change their plans.

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