London, Jan 25: A filmmaker has said that under modern laws, Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns would have faced terrorism charges over his poetry if he was writing now.
Alistair Fraser argued that under the UK’s Terrorism Act 2000, lines from Scots Wha Hae such as “Liberty’s in every blow / Let us do – or die” are not only an incitement to violence, but connect Burns with the French revolutionary struggle; “Let us do – or die” being the revolutionaries’ battle cry, the Scotsman reported.
Fraser compared Burns to Samina Malik, the first woman convicted under the Terrorism Act, for owning poems inciting Jihad.
“The parallels are obvious… connections with foreign terrorist groups and a call to insurrection,” he said. (ANI)