UAF Scotland was delighted that around 400 anti-fascists ensured the pathetic presence of just 29 fascists was humiliated in Edinburgh, today.The so called White Pride event, by the Nazi rump, the National Front, was half the size of their flop in Swansea last year.
Anti fascists from a variety of organisations and none, saw off the tiny spatter of fascists, who were only able to be in Edinburgh because of police ‘facilitation’. No one in the city wanted the fascists and they left, as ridiculed, as they arrived. Anti-fascists were shocked, but not surprised by the sieg-heiling of the Nazis behind police lines. None of them were local and were bussed out of the city in the same way they came in behind scores of police lines.
The fascists had also hoped to capitalise from the shocking events in London, last week, but their hateful words fell on deaf ears. The nazi National Front publicised this as a national demonstration, the low turn-out shows the weakness of the fascist movement here in Scotland and in the rest of Britain.
In contrast to the fascists, anti fascists were lively and showed all the best features of our multicultural society. The fascists latest flop was mocked by a wide range of speakers, who showed the breadth of support for the UAF assembly (see below, plus a new quote from Robina Qureshi, Positive Action in Housing)
Anti fascists, off all ages were composed of students, refugees, trades unionists and various campaigners. RMT, EIS, UCU, Unite the Union Scotland were amongst Trade Unions who arrived with delegations. Following on from the SDL debacle in Alloa recently, this shows again the strength of anti fascists in the country and the weakness of fascists. This has only been so due to campaigners such as UAF Scotland, and others, who have worked to maintain fascist forces don’t get a toehold.
UAF spokesperson, Margaret Woods said,
‘We are delighted at today’s brilliant turn-out for the UAF demonstration against the nazis National Front. There is no place in our society for fascists and we always oppose any attempts they make to assemble or march. They will not be allowed to spread their vile racism and division in our community. The support for today’s demonstration from so many trade unions, anti-racist organisations and cross-party politicians shows the breadth of determination to ensure fascism will always be opposed in Scotland.”
Robina Qureshi of Positive Action in Housing, said,
“In an increasingly uncertain world, it has never been more important to speak up against hate and division and stand for unity and respect for diversity, Unite Against Fascism’s demonstration against White Pride reminds us all that the threat of modern day fascism is with us. It is unfortunately stoked up by government leaders fanning the flames of populist anti – immigrant, anti-refugee and anti-muslim hatred. We need to stand together and united and show that it’s bridges we need not walls.”
Speakers at the demonstration included:
Tommy Sheppard, SNP MP, Ian Murray, Labour MP, Zareen Taj and Tasneem Ali, Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh, Richard Haley, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, Issa Robson, Edinburgh One Day Without Us Campaign, Alan Bell, Stand up to Racism, Donny Gluckstein, Unite Against Fascism Scotland. The demonstration was supported by;
Positive Action in Housing, EIS Union, Unite the Union Scotland, One Day Without Us Edinburgh, Dumfries TUC, Scotland Against Criminalising Communities, Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Stand up to Racism Scotland and the Muslim Women’s Association of Edinburgh.