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Scottish blogger, who taught the pug to the Nazi salute, received a fine

Mark Michan. A photo
Mark Michan. A photo

Scottish blogger Markus Michan received a fine of 8 thousand pounds (about 688 thousand rubles) for a video in which his mongrels pug Buddha depicts a Nazi salute.

Judge Derek O’Carrell said the video was offensive, “anti-Semitic and racist”. 

In his opinion, Michan intentionally filmed such a video and published it in public.

As noted by the BBC, a small group of demonstrators gathered outside the court building who opposed the violation of freedom of speech.

One of the protesters. Photo of the BBC
One of the protesters. Photo of the BBC

Michan was arrested in May 2016, when YouTube began to disperse roller with a dog watching a video with Adolf Hitler and throwing his paw in the words “Zig Heil!”. Users complained about inappropriate video content. The video scored more than three million views.

The trial of the Scotsman began in 2017. The blogger claimed that he was shooting a video for his girlfriend. She defended the guy, said that he never insulted the Jews, and admitted that the roller with the pug was removed in order to “annoy her.” In March 2018, Michan was found guilty of inciting hatred.

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