Right-wing group to stage anti-Islam protest in Glasgow

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By Cara Sulieman

A RIGHT-WING anti-Muslim group responsible for violent protests in England plan on bringing their hate filled campaign to the streets of Scotland next month.

The English Defence League, which was started by football casuals in Luton, has now spawned its own Scottish branch who plan on making their debut with a protest in Glasgow.

It is feared the Scottish Defence League could be joined by members travelling up by bus or train to help swell their numbers on November 14.

Plans of a rival protest march against racism in Glasgow on the same day have also emerged.

Powerless

Police chiefs – who are also facing the prospect of anti capitalist protests in Edinburgh the same weekend – say they are planning on taking “appropriate steps” to tackle any problems.

But Glasgow City Council leaders say they are powerless to stop the event.

Organisers are getting round bylaws by calling it a ‘static’ event which – unlike traditional marches and rallies – needs no permission from the council to go ahead.

The plan has angered both the Muslim community and politicians who say the group are not welcome – not least because previous protests by the group in England have almost always ended in violence.

The so called Scottish Defence League (SDL) is coordinating a demonstration near the Glasgow Central Mosque on November 14.

“Put up a fight”

Yesterday it already had a growing 185-strong group networked using social media site Facebook.

The page is littered with comments from members from around the UK, showing their support for the cause.

Chris Anderson, one of the administrators of the Scottish Defence League Facebook page, wrote on the group’s discussion boards: “Who is all coming to Glasgow?

“As many needed as possible.

“We need to start putting up a fight against these Islamic extremists in our country.

“Let’s show support to the people of our country.”

“Hatred and distrust”

It is the first time that a protest for the group has been held north of the border.

The SDL organiser – known only by the name Don – said the protest was against divisive communities.

He said: “We are against fragmented communities living side by side, divided by hatred and distrust.

“It’s time to take action because there will be bloodshed if we do nothing.”

But it has already been roundly condemned.

Glasgow MSP Bill Aitken called the protest “divisive” and said that they should demonstrate elsewhere.

“Divisive”

He said: “I think that this is a demonstration that we could well do without. The vast majority of people condemn Muslim extremism, including the Muslim community themselves.

“I really do not see any need for this type of demonstration which is divisive and can in itself stir up trouble. I would hope that they would demonstrate somewhere else if they feel the need.”

Johann Lamont, Scottish Labour Deputy Leader and Glasgow Pollok MSP, said: “The so-called Scottish Defence League are not welcome in Glasgow.

“Our city is proud of all its people and we will not allow racists or fascists to divide us.

“Almost all of their previous demonstrations have ended in violence and we don’t want them here.”

Seig Heil

Members of Scotland’s Muslim community said they would be taking part in an ant racism march the same day to show the extreme views of the SDL are not welcome in Scotland.

Osama Saeed, chief executive of the Scottish Islamic Foundation, said that they were planning an anti-racism protest for the same day in order to show well integration has worked in Scotland.

He said: “In all probability there will be a handful of them Seig Heiling pretty much to an empty street.

“We will be using it as an opportunity to celebrate our diversity and multiculturism that works very well here.

“We are going to bring together politicians, trade unions and faith groups of all different natures, outnumbering the fascist protestors and really show what Scotland’s about.”

Public safety

Glasgow City council confirmed that they are unable to stop the static protest from going ahead.

A spokesman for the council said: “We have no locus over such an event, so our formal involvement is now at an end.”

A spokeswoman from Strathclyde Police said she could not confirm any increase in police presence for “operational reasons” .

But she said: “Public safety is our main concern and we will take the appropriate steps to deal with any situation that arises.”

The first Defence League was formed in Luton after a controversial protest by Muslims at a homecoming parade for soldiers returning from Iraq.

Named The United People of Luton, they joined forces with a Welsh group called Casuals United to form the English Defence League.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. This article is unbelievably biased to the point where it is unprofessional. There is no pretense of journalistic integrity or impartiality and it reads like a propaganda piece.

    * I notice it provides links to the Islamic organisations but not the EDL.

    * In what way are the EDL “right-wing”? They have no economic policies whatsoever. I suppose if they’re “right-wing” then extremist Muslims must be “left-wing”?

    *In what way were the EDL “responsible for violent protests”? Is it not in fact the opponents of the EDL who are responsible for violent protests? It takes two to tango afterall, and if the UAF/Muslims learned how to restrain themselves there wouldn’t be any violence.

    *”bringing their hate-filled campaign” is just invective. I suppose the EDL do have a “hate-filled campaign” in that they hate terrorism, but why can’t the article just stick to the facts instead of trying to manipulate the reader with this blatant spin?

    *The article says the EDL “are getting round bylaws by calling it a ‘static’ event”. They are calling it a static event because it IS a static event. To say that “they are calling it” a static event implies that it isn’t. If you have a problem with the bylaws that’s not the EDL’s fault.

    *The article says the planned demonstration has angered Muslims and politicians. I notice no mention is made of Scots. What do the majority indigenous Scots think?

    As for the quotes form these Muslims:

    *”In all probability there will be a handful of them Seig Heiling “. Why is that probable? Does the EDL normally Sieg Heil? Is there any evidence of a connection between the EDL and Nazism?

    To say that the EDL is responsible for violent clashes is like saying that Winston Churchill was responsible for World War II.

  2. “The vast majority of people condemn Muslim extremism, including the Muslim community themselves.”

    Which planet are these people on?

    There’s always a deafening silence from the muislim community. The Koran orders Muslims to either smite or convert the kuffar, go look it up.

    Political correctness will kill this country.

  3. Well put , I find it incredulous that because you oppose the Islamification of the UK you are racist –I am of afro-Caribbean descent and I fully comprehend the inherent dangers of Islam , I walk around Birmingham City center and see Pakistani Muslim groups(10 +) groping women and girls , calling me a nigger (never do it on their own because they know they wouldn’t be living….yet they claim they the EDL are racist ! lazy (and fearful)journalism abound –only Geert Wilders has the cojones to stand up and be counted —Neville Chamberlain is alive and well and living in England.

  4. MacCallim your a disgrace to our Scottish People. Your playing into the facist’s hands. Dont forget Soctland was oppressed by people like these. We should be united against the facists racist bigots.

    The Quran does not say anything about killing non-believers. I may not be a Muslim but am open minded enough to know not to take words our of context The Koran does not say convert to kill non-believers. Ive read soem parts and it does mention about kaffars who are described as mocking God, insulting Faith, leading an immoral selfish lifestyle and not resisting to tempation. The Koran clearly states let these people be but if they attack you and your faith then of course defend youtselves or let them convert if they want to. But never orders the killings of anyone.

    The people who convert to religions incuding Islam you dont see them beind forced do you?. Please stop this ignorant thinking, is giving us a bad rep and a weak mentallity.

    Muslims have been living in the UK for many dacades and have contributed immensely to Scottish society. People have always lived in Peace except for a few minorties of cause secraterian voilence. We dont need more of that so please stop with this ignorant attuitude aye!.

    Reason why some Muslims might not be too vocal in their condemnation of Muslim extriemists is that they dont want to play into ther hands of racist. They dont want to a come across weak and slaves. Dont forget extriemism doesnt only mean killing innocents etc but also freedom-fighters. Some extremistis are kill innocents but some fight for a legit cause. There is a difference. Maybe some Muslims sympathise with some extriemist? can you blame them? after the oppresion on Muslims in the likes of Palestine, Bosnia, Chechneya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia,Nigeria, Pakistan. All have suffered & continue to do so because of our so called imposing of demoracy to different people, oppression, rape,massacres etc.So can you really blame some Muslims not being too vocal in condoment extriemist?….Of course they condemn killings of innocents but who condoments the killings of innocents by Americans, British goverment, wars in Iraq, Afganistan , Palestine? i didnt see the so calledenglish defence protest about this.

    All am saying is that extremism will keep happening if the source, the root, the cause of it is not rectified.Which is foiriegn policy of americans and british and support ot zionist nations such as isreal etc.I

    Not all extremissm are vouchers of killings of innocents but also freedom fighters.

    So like i said be open minded and be proud of our Gaelic heritage and be patriotic about your people nation and its values then to play into the hands of some english bigots.

  5. Scotland was oppressed by people like these?

    And these people are being oppressed by a one-eyed Scottish idiot.

    “The Quran does not say anything about killing non-believers”

    Read it, get back to me.

    “Muslims have been living in the UK for many dacades and have contributed immensely to Scottish society.”

    What have they contributed and how much has it cost us in welfare and increased security costs? What do Kriss Donald’s family think the cost is?

    “after the oppresion on Muslims in the likes of Palestine, Bosnia, Chechneya, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia,Nigeria, Pakistan. All have suffered & continue to do so because of our so called imposing of demoracy to different people, oppression, rape,massacres etc.So can you really blame some Muslims not being too vocal in condoment extriemist?…”

    All of those conflicts involve Jihadists killing non-believers, Islam was spread by the sword and now it’s the AK47. They just tell you it’s “oppression” because they have an agenda, like you will the silly Braveheart remark.

  6. McCallum, we’ll wait and see what happens in Glasgow then. I can tell you this much, the people of Glasgow will not tolerate this pathetic display of racist, fascist, ignorant evil crap. Then we’ll see who’s in the minority. You and your shaved head cronies will go back with your forked tails between your legs.

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