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Burning Effigy of Scottish Politician in English Town Sparks Criticism

© AP Photo / Scott HeppellScotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, looks on at a No campaigner sign during a walkabout in Ellon, Scotland
Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond, looks on at a No campaigner sign during a walkabout in Ellon, Scotland - Sputnik International
Burning effigy of the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond sparks criticism while English county council says it has no connection to the model or the creators of the model of the politician.

LEWES, East Sussex, November 5 (RIA Novosti) – An English county council has said it is not responsible for plans to burn an effigy of the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, Wednesday evening, to mark the the Guy Fawkes night commemoration, also known as the Bonfire night.

Guy Fawkes was executed by the English Government in 1605 for his part in conspiring to blow up the English Parliament.

"A model of Alex Salmond, created by the Waterloo Bonfire Society, passed by the offices of East Sussex County Council in Lewes this afternoon en route to the bonfire events in the town. We posted a photo of this unusual event on our social media accounts," a spokesman for East Sussex County Council Martin Fitzgerald said when responding to questions from RIA Novosti.

"The County Council has absolutely no connection to the model or the creators of the model and we apologize if the image may have caused offense to anyone," Fitzgerald added.

"The Tory-controlled East Sussex County Council obviously views the First Minister — and the 45 per cent of Scots who voted Yes — as big a threat to the Westminster establishment, as Guy Fawkes. It's a typical Tory attitude to Scotland, whether north or south of the border," a spokesman for the Scottish First Minister said in a statement issued to media.

The bonfire also includes a number of Scottish national stereotype references including one related to the 45 percent of Scots who backed independence in a referendum held on September 18.

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