Marion Millar, a well-known Scottish feminist, has been charged with hate crime for alleged homophobic and transphobic posts. She faces up to two years in prison.
Millar has been charged under the Malicious Communications Act for tweets published in 2019 and 2020. The messages for which she is under investigation would include a photograph of ribbons in the colours green, white and purple, symbol of the suffragettes, tied around a tree outside the Glasgow studio where a BBC soap opera is being filmed. According to the police report, the tapes represented a noose. The other incriminated tweets are not known.
Millar was arrested and released on bail and is due to appear before the Glasgow Sheriff's Court on 20 July. Her supporters claimed that the prosecution was a attack on women's rights of expression.
Millar walked out of the Coatbridge police station after an almost two-hour interrogation, greeted by applause from a group of female supporters, many of whom were wearing T-shirts with the hashtag '#WomenWontWheesht' -women will not shut up-.
According to Marion Calder of For Women Scotland, it is unbelievable that the police chose to press charges. "These charges are a fundamental attack on our human rights. We still have the right to freedom of thought and the ability to say what we think".
Millar has been very active in the debate on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act and the Scottish Hate Crime Bill, opposing gender self-identification.
Her case has already attracted worldwide attention and the hashtag #WomenWontWheesht was trending on Twitter while Millar was inside the police station.
There were also hostile reactions, with posts calling Terf Millar and his supporters.
A PhD student in Coventry published the photo of a machine gun and tweeted: 'Make a nice list of terf tweeting @WomenWontWheesht because I need some shooting practice'. The message was removed for violation of Twitter rules.
While Millar was being questioned, her comrades tied suffragette ribbons around bollards and trees and there was an impromptu photocall with some women wearing fake moustaches.
Millar is the mother of autistic twins.
the full article here translated by Marina Terragni
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