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Orlando shootings: Minute's silence held by MSPs at Holyrood

Minute's silence Holyrood
Image caption MSPs stood in silence as a mark of respect to the Orlando

MSPs have taken part in a minute's silence in the Holyrood debating chamber in memory of those killed in the Florida nightclub shooting.

US authorities say gunman Omar Mateen pledged allegiance to so-called Islamic State shortly before the attack at a gay club in Orlando on Sunday.

About 300 people also attended a vigil in Dundee on Tuesday evening.

It followed a similar event in Glasgow aimed at showing solidarity with the victims of the shooting.

The attack at the Pulse nightclub, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured, is the deadliest mass shooting in recent US history. It ended when police shot Mateen dead.

On Monday, flags at Holyrood were flown at half mast as a mark of respect.

When parliament met at 14:00, for the first time since the shooting, a minute's silence was held.

There was then a topical question from Labour's Claire Baker MSP asking what action the Scottish government is taking to tackle hate crimes against LGBTI people.

Image caption A vigil was held in Dundee on Tuesday evening
Image caption About 300 people attended the Dundee event, with flowers laid and candles lit

The vigil event in Dundee was organised by members of Dundee University's LGBT Plus society who said they had been overwhelmed by the support from the public following the Orlando attack.

More than 600 people attended the hour-long vigil in George Square in Glasgow on Monday, with flowers laid and candles lit.

The organisers, from the Free Pride Glasgow group, said they felt it was important to provide "a place where people could come and be around friends and get support from people and show solidarity with the people in Orlando".

A similar vigil has also been organised in Edinburgh on Wednesday.

Image caption Two vigil-goers in Glasgow were draped in the Rainbow Pride flag
Image caption Police officers were among those who laid tributes in George Square

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