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The charitable group entrusted with the protection of the UK’s highest mountain have condemned the actions of an extreme far right group on the summit of Ben Nevis on Sunday.
The John Muir Trust (JMT) was contacted by members of the public who were on the mountain when over a dozen members of what is believed to be the Patriotic Alternative (PA) group unfurled a ‘White Lives Matter’ banner.
The Lochaber Times understands that bystanders booed when the banner was displayed and the group hid it away again after filming their actions for only a few minutes.
JMT issued the following statement in response: ‘We are deeply angered by the actions taken at the top of Ben Nevis over the weekend, from an extremist far right group appearing to use the Ben as a backdrop for their abhorrent racist propaganda.
‘The John Muir Trust promotes diversity and inclusion in the outdoors. We did not and would not authorise permission for a film on our land that is counter to our belief that wild places are for all.
‘The John Muir Trust has zero tolerance to discrimination and any actions that promote discriminatory views are not welcome on the land we manage.’
SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford has also condemned the actions on his Facebook page saying that ‘these racists are not welcome here’.