The event saw a crowd of "hundreds" of protestors gathered on Buchanan Street, the center of Glasgow's shopping district, "to protest against the UK Government moving to block the Gender Reform Recognition Act," which implements a system of self-identification for people wanting to change their legal sex. Both gender-critical protestors and left-wing trans protestors were in attendance, according to the Scottish Daily Express.
Pictured at the protest were Scottish National Party MPs Alison Thewlis, Stewart McDonald, Kirsten Oswald, and Glasgow Kelvin MSP Kaukab Stewart along with signs reading "DECAPITATE TERFS," and "I EAT TERFS AND TORIES."
The politicians even recorded a message of support towards the trans activists with the signs in clear view in the background.
"TERFs," or trans-exclusionary radical feminists, refer to women like author J.K. Rowling, who far-left trans activists have repeatedly threatened in response to her biological-sex-based women's advocacy. The Harry Potter creator denounced the photo of the four politicians when it began circulating on social media.
"A few of Scotland's wonderfully progressive and kind politicians, posing proudly in front of banners calling for women to be decapitated and eaten," Rowling wrote.
Other Twitter users compared the violent messaging to Islamic extremists who call to "behead" those who don't follow their ideology.
Another tweeter pointed out that MP Thewlis appeared to have attended the protest with a child.
Is that a kid hanging around @alisonthewliss's neck? Wonder what she tells it when it asks what "TERF SCUM" and "DECAPITATE TERFS" means?," Wings Over Scotland wrote.
According to STV News, police are investigating after reports were made about the calls for violence against women.
In response to the backlash, MP Oswald denounced the sign but denied responsibility for being pictured smiling in front of it.
"That's a horrific sign, and it wasn't there when I joined the demo. It most certainly doesn't represent my views, and isn't language I would ever use," she wrote on Twitter. "Violent hateful language, of any kind, is unacceptable and has no place in the peaceful movement for LGBT equality and democracy."
In a statement to the Scottish Daily Express, Scottish Conservative deputy leader Meghan Gallacher MSP called the incident "unacceptable."
"It beggars belief that senior female SNP figures would gladly pose in front of hateful signs advocating violence against other women. It's unacceptable, offensive and they should be ashamed of themselves."
Other members of Scottish parliament denounced the signage, with Tory MSP Murdo Fraser claiming it was a "hate crime."
In another image of the protest shared by Fraser, a sign reading "THIS TIME IT'S PLACARDS NEXT TIME IT'S NOT" can be spotted.
“Violent or hateful language - of any kind – is unacceptable and has no place in the peaceful movement for LGBT equality and democracy.”
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