“He's a piece of p*** s*** and needs killing"
Scottish politician Humza Yousaf has received death threats and racist abuse.
The Health Secretary shared screenshots of the emails he had received on Twitter over the weekend but has since deleted the original post after a police probe was launched.
Humza Yousaf has been in the headlines as he was accused of fuelling anti-Hindu tensions.
This came after he claimed Hindus could behave racially towards Muslims because of religion.
This was amid a race row regarding a nursery place for his daughter, alleging that she was refused a place but children with Western sounding names had been accepted.
The politician has now revealed he has received abusive messages.
One of the emails that he had received was titled ‘Let’s kill Humza’ and another had the subject line ‘Bring me the head of Humza.’
Many of the emails contained racist and homophobic slurs.
For example, one read: “He’s a piece of p*** s*** and needs killing… no arguments… kill the little f***.”
Another read: “HUMZA is in invader… Muslim s***.”
A third said: “KILL HUMZA P***.”
A fourth email said: “His face is like pig swill. Ugly p*** s***.”
Following the abuse, the MSP wrote on Twitter:
“This flurry of racist abuse and death threats is clearly from someone extremely deranged and luckily this level of threat is rare.
“But unfortunately too many think politicians are fair game for abuse, we’re human too, I’m a parent of two kids, how can I not be affected by this?”
The emails were also sent to other politicians including the former UK Government Adviser Dominic Cummings.
Many fellow politicians and public figures came out in support of the Scottish Health Secretary.
Lawyer Aamer Anwar said: “Here we go again, how much more is a father with a young family, who happens to be a politician expected to take.
“It is terrifying to receive such death threats and we know where they can end – the personal racist attacks on Humza Yousaf must be stopped.”
SNP MSP Karen Adam added:
“You’re loved as somebody’s son, husband and father.
“Many say grow a thicker skin, but then complain when thicker-skinned elected reps create thicker-skinned laws and policy.
“They can’t have it both ways. This is vile, I’m so sorry. Solidarity to you and yours.”
Neil Gray MSP wrote: “This is disgusting, I am so sorry Humza. Take care.”
Christina McKelvie tweeted: “Utterly appalling, sending love and solidarity Humza.”
Humza Yousaf responded: “My thanks as always to those who reached out after the vile racism and death threats I received.
“I have deleted the tweet as I don’t want that filth on my timeline.”
“As you’d imagine the threats will be reported to the police.
“The voices of good always outweigh the bad”.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “We have received a complaint and our enquiries are ongoing.”