- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Police in Scotland say they have arrested a 40-year-old man for posting “offensive” comments on Facebook about Syrian refugees.

The unnamed man, reportedly from the Inverclyde area, was arrested under the Communications Act after posting a series of comments criticizing the resettling of migrants on the nearby Isle of Bute, The Guardian reported.

“I hope that the arrest of this individual sends a clear message that Police Scotland will not tolerate any form of activity which could incite hatred and provoke offensive comments on social media,” Dunoon Police Inspector Ewan Wilson said in a statement.

Scotland has welcomed one third of the thousand refugees Prime Minister David Cameron agreed to take from camps bordering Syria, with twelve migrant families arriving in Bute in early December, The Guardian reported.

Humza Yousaf, chairman of the refugee task force that coordinated the resettlement program and the Scottish government’s only Muslim minister, said he has reported to police numerous instances of Islamophobic abuse he and others have received on social media, The Guardian reported.

Mr. Yousaf has since praised the public’s response to the refugee crisis, saying: “I am deeply proud of the Scottish people who have extended the warmest possible hand of friendship to our newest neighbors.”

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