Boycott calls over bomber release
Calls for a boycott of Scottish goods have been made in the US following the controversial decision to release the man convicted of carrying out the Lockerbie bombing.
A website urging Americans to "Boycott Scotland" has been set up featuring a list of e-mail addresses for prominent Scottish and UK politicians, as well as contact details for Scottish newspapers and a list of Scottish products and companies.
The site accuses the Scottish and UK governments of committing a "flagrant betrayal" by releasing Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.
It said a boycott was the "only way to send a clear and direct message" of American anger over the decision.
An online petition calling for a boycott of Scottish goods which was linked to by the website had attracted 460 signatures by Monday morning.
However, many of those who had signed were Scots who backed the release of Megrahi on compassionate grounds.
A second petition said to have been started by Scots opposed to Megrahi's release had been signed by about 250 people on Monday, many of them anonymous.
Grassroots campaigns were also taking hold on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook, while calls have even been made to have Scotch whisky renamed as Freedom Liquor.
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