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HUNDREDS of thousands of Scots watched the shocking moment a street busker was subjected to a violent racist attack in Glasgow city centre.
Francis Muir’s shameful assault on the street entertainer known as Melo was shown in the first episode of BBC Scotland series The Street.
In the clip Muir can be heard calling the African busker a “black b******”.
He then approaches Melo and says: “What about the f****** British or the homeless? You are taking the f****** p***. You are milking our country for thousands, ya f****** black b******.”
Muir and a friend, who cannot be named for legal reasons, aim punches and kicks at Melo who is forced to defend himself with a metal trolley he uses for moving his music gear.
BBC bosses today revealed that 348,000 people tuned in to the programme at 10.35pm last night.
We told this week how the incident shocked politicians who have called for a national debate about racism in Scotland.
MSP Graeme Pearson, Labour’s Shadow Justice secretary and a former police chief, said: “The documentary has caught the type of incident which, sadly, occurs probably most evenings somewhere in Scotland.
“It is symptomatic of a culture we need to tackle, in terms of racism and sectarianism – although at least those responsible in this instance were arrested.
“We need to come to terms with what is happening on our streets and change it.”
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Muir was eventually sentenced to a total of 10 months in prison for the attack and a separate incident in which he abused a female Asian police officer while out on bail. He has since moved from Glasgow to Kirkcaldy.
And in a brazen attempt to excuse his behaviour, the former nightclub bouncer claimed he was “a really nice guy” when contacted by the Daily Record this week.
He said claimed he only did it because he was “in a bad place” after splitting from his wife of six years.
– The Daily Record