A Scottish man who provoked outrage after filming his girlfriend’s dog responding to Nazi slogans has been arrested by Lanarkshire police.
Earlier this year Markus Meechan uploaded a video of the dog, a pug named Buddah, responding to the phrase “gas the Jews,” raising its paw in an imitation Nazi salute when it heard the words “Sieg Heil”, and viewing footage of Hitler giving a speech.
In the Youtube clip, titled M8 Yer Dugs A Nazi, Meechan says: “My girlfriend is always ranting and raving about how cute her dog is so I thought I would turn her into the least cute thing you could think of which is a Nazi.”
That’s illegal? Listen to the police, and think of Orwell’s 1984:
It has now emerged that Meechan was arrested on April 28 at his house in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire. He was subsequently released pending further investigations.
Detective Inspector David Cockburn of Lanarkshire CID said: “This clip was shared online and has been viewed almost one million times.
“I would ask anyone who has had the misfortune to have viewed it to think about the pain and hurt the narrative has caused a minority of people in our community.
“The clip is deeply offensive and no reasonable person can possibly find the content acceptable in today’s society.
“This arrest should serve as a warning to anyone posting such material online, or in any other capacity, that such views will not be tolerated.”
So who is the authoritarian Nazi here?