Controversial hate crime bill PASSED at Holyrood

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MSPs have passed Scotland’s controversial hate crime bill by 82 votes to 32 on Thursday.

The Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill has sparked controversy as oppositions feared the law would limit freedom of speech.

The legislation consists of existing law and extends protection for marginalised groups with a new offence of “stirring up hatred”.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf, who led the final debate on the legislation at the Scottish Parliament, said: “I am delighted Holyrood has backed this powerful legislation that is fitting for the Scotland we live in.

Parliament has sent a strong and clear message to victims, perpetrators, communities and to wider society that offences motivated by prejudice will be treated seriously and will not be tolerated.”

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