Obama Effigy Burning Sparks Controversy
The burning of a Barack Obama effigy by Conservative students at St. Andrews University in Scotland has sparked ‘international outrage’. Members of the Conservative Student Association at the University were forced into an apology after the act caused a media storm last week.
The BBC reported that discussions will take place between the University and the Association to discuss ‘very understandable concerns’ over the severity of the incident. Questions of racism were quickly raised but have since been denied. However debate has continued over the motivation of those involved.
In recent times, in a turbulent political landscape the burning of effigies has become a clear act of revolt and violence with a clear aim to incite political change. The decision by these students to use an effigy of the US President has been met with understandable confusion.
It has since been reported that the students involved will send a formal letter of apology to the President Obama.
Was this a politically fuelled act or just a rather misjudged ‘student prank’? Let us know your views.