‘Yes’ campaign shop covered in ‘Nazi’ vandalism

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A ‘Yes’ campaign shop in the Capital has been vandalised with swastikas and slogans reading ‘no thanks’ and ‘Nazis’.

The shop, which was only supposed to open this evening as the Independence Referendum vote draws ever closer, was attacked overnight with Nazi symbols and anti-independence slogans spray painted in yellow across the windows and doors.

Newington and Southside Yes campaign office daubed with Nazi graffiti last night. Pic: Katie Richardson

Newington and Southside Yes campaign office daubed with Nazi graffiti last night. Pic: Katie Richardson

Campaigners reported the attack to police after discovering the vandalism this morning.

Neil Hay, the ‘Yes’ campaign constituency organiser for Edinburgh Southern, had been preparing the shop to open and said the attack was “sinister” and “extremely disappointing.”

He said: “We only officially open here tonight - the signage only went up yesterday afternoon so this has really been an immediate attack. Obviously it’s a mess for us that we have to deal with, but there are also landlords here who own the building and this shows complete disrespect for them as well.

“The pettiness of spray painting ‘No’ all over our windows is bad enough, but Nazi symbols brings a whole different, and quite sinister element to it. It’s extremely disappointing.”

Newington and Southside Yes devolution campaign office daubed with nazi graffiti. Pic: Katie Richardson

Newington and Southside Yes devolution campaign office daubed with nazi graffiti. Pic: Katie Richardson

Local resident Alan Carnegie also criticised the attack, saying: “Whichever side you are on, this kind of disgusting behaviour has no place in the kind of country we’re all hoping to live in.”

Former footballer and ‘Yes’ campaigner Michael Stewart suggested the attack could boost the ‘Yes’ campaign, and tweeted: “Newington YES shop covered in spray paint “VOTE NO” “NAZIS” stay classy guys!! Ignore it & keep positive. It’s going to win #indyref for us.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland confirmed that officers were investigating a report of damage in Newington Road.