UK YouTube Star Fined for Training Dog To Give Nazi Salute

UK YouTube Star Fined for Training Dog To Give Nazi Salute

A man who filmed a pet dog giving Nazi salutes before putting the footage on YouTube has been fined £800. In the video, Meechan appears to be trying to teach the wrinkly-faced dog to raise its paw in response to certain phrases, including "Sieg Heil" (Hail victory - pronounced "zeek hahyl") and "Gas the Jews".

The stunt was posted YouTube where it garnered more than three million views.

The £800 fine comes after concern that the Scottish judge could have hit the online comedian with the full potential sentence possible under Communications Act of 2003, which could have seen Meechan jailed.

Meechan had claimed he made the video as a joke to annoy his partner and raised issues about freedom of speech.

Breitbart London reported on the case in March when the judge found Meechan guilty, and the YouTuber said that the joke had been taken out of context by the court.

"The centerpiece of your video consists of you repeating the phrase, "Gas the Jews" over and over again as a command to a dog, which then reacts", Sheriff Derek O'Carroll said in his sentencing, according to British media. Meechan has maintained that the video was intended as a joke, and he was simply trying to annoy his girlfriend, who owned the pug.

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In March past year, at Airdrie Sheriff Court in Lanarkshire, Meechan pleaded not guilty to breaching the Communications Act by sending a "grossly offensive" message, aggravated by religious prejudice.

He added: "You deliberately chose the Holocaust as the theme of the video. A racist joke or a grossly offensive video does not lose its racist or grossly offensive quality merely because the maker asserts he only wanted to get a laugh".

Pro-free speech protesters - including former EDL leader Tommy Robinson - gathered outside the court to show their support for Meechan.

Meechan, who described the contents of his YouTube channel as "offensive social commentary in an accent you won't understand", said Scottish authorities have ignored the context of the dog video.

"If you don't believe in a person's right to say things that you might find "grossly offensive", then you don't believe in Freedom of Speech".

The YouTuber, Mark Meechan by his real name, posted the controversial clip on YouTube in April 2016. Several far-right commentators also championed Meechan's position.

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