MEP 'bombarded with abuse' over Gibraltar comments
Member of the European Parliament says she has been bombarded
with vicious abuse by Spanish internet trolls after standing up
for Gibraltar over Spain's bullying.
Julie Girling, Conservative MEP for the South West and Gibraltar,
claims she has been singled out for a series of "deeply offensive
and racist" messages via email and Twitter.
comes after she intervened in the dispute over Spanish tactics
which are causing huge delays at the Gibraltar border.
Following her suggestion that British holidaymakers should boycott
Spanish resorts in protest, the messages began arriving.
One person said: "You are a nazi Julie Goering" and
others were even more offensive, saying "You're too ugly
to visit Spain anyway", and a suggestion using racist terms
that she should holiday in India.
Girling said: "It may be that to be trolled goes with the
job. However, the Spanish Twitter trolls aren't doing their argument
any favours by trolling me."
abuse shows they have no argument as they can only resort to the
lowest form of language."
people of Gibraltar need our support. They will not be bullied
by the Spanish Government or by a minority of the Spanish people.
Neither will I."