Fascist Nick Griffin scurried out of Scotland last Saturday after failing to either turn up to his own protest in Glasgow or hijack another demo 50 miles away.
More than 200 anti-fascists protested in Glasgow’s city centre, where Griffin’s British National Party (BNP) said they would rally. Anti-fascists had removed the BNP stall the previous week. The counter-demonstration was called by Unite Against Fascism Scotland.
The racist Scottish Defence League (SDL) had initially supported BNP rally. But it pulled after police arrested 11 of its supporters the night before (see below). Worried of turning up alone, the BNP cancelled its event.
Instead Griffin and his cronies set off for the Midlothian town of Dalkeith, where a demonstration against crime was taking place. But when they turned up Griffin was attacked by locals and had to make a quick exit.
The anti-fascist demonstration in Glasgow heard music and speakers from the Scottish TUC, the EIS and Unite unions and Scottish National Party MSP Humza Yousaf.
Eleven SDL members were arrested at their homes on Friday of last week for breach of the peace and racial aggravation. The arrests relate to an SDL opposition march to a Refugees Are Welcome Here protest in Glasgow on 16 June.
The arrests are the first results of an inquiry Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary has begun into the policing of the protest. The inquiry follows a series of complaints. An interim report is due in September.
The racist English Defence League (EDL) has postponed its national demonstration in Waltham Forest in east London, planned for 18 August. It now says it will march on 1 September. Unite Against Fascism (UAF) has called a counter demonstration.
Weyman Bennett, joint chair of UAF, said, “The EDL moved the date is because it is not confident of marching through Waltham Forest. The counter-demonstration has widening support, from Labour councillors and MPs to trade unions and community groups”.
Jo Cardwell of local campaign We Are Waltham Forest said, “Waltham Forest is a very multicultural place and people here do not want the EDL coming telling us the way we live is wrong.”
The EDL has called a demonstration in Chelmsford in Essex on 18 August. It is complaining about what it calls a “supermosque”—which can hold around 200 people. Local anti-racists are organising a counter-demonstration.
Go to uaf.org.uk