A group of ‘neo-Nazi’ extremists will march through Edinburgh next week to mark “Global White Pride Day”.
The march is planned for the same day as a Sikh religious festival in Edinburgh, which will see hundreds take to the streets in a Nagar Kirtan procession, a traditional display of martial arts, hymns and music.
Unite Against Fascism (UAF) claim the National Front has organised the demonstration, in collaboration with other far-right groups.
The event appears to be organised by the same far-right groups behind a ‘White Pride Day’ celebration in Swansea, held on the same day in March last year.
The organisers of the 2016 event described it as an opportunity to “stand proud of our race and white heritage while pledging that we must secure the existence of our people and the future for white children.”
UAF have organised a counter-demonstration to oppose the White Pride March.
A member of UAF said: “Emboldened by Nazi Le Pen’s polling in France and by the influence of white nationalists in Donald Trump’s team these fascists feel confident they can come to the streets of our multicultural city.
"Edinburgh has a fine tradition of stopping racists and Nazis. Should the National Front decide to step foot in Edinburgh, we call upon all anti-racists and anti-fascists to take part in the broadest united mobilisation.
"We won’t stand for their racism, their Islamophobia, their scapegoating of migrants and refugees. We will push them back like we did with the SDL, the EDL and the BNP.”
The march has been called just days after neo-Nazi propaganda was discovered at several bus stops in nearby Dunfermline.
The material encouraged local people to "reject multiculturalism", while some posters bore the slogan: "We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children."
The posters were soon removed and police are investigating.
A statement from Guru Nanak Gurdwara Edinburgh, the organisers of the procession, said: "The Nagar Kirtan will go on a procession of approximately two miles, all within the locality of the Gurdwara. This will take place from 11am-1pm and be approximately three miles away from the city centre, where the 'white pride' demonstration is set to take place around the time we will be finishing. We never planned to go into the city centre, and we do not believe the “white pride march” was done to coincide with our Nagar Kirtan.
"We have discussed the issue with the council and the police and recognise they will do their best to ensure the Nagar Kirtan is not disturbed in any way. We would also like to express the great relationship the Edinburgh Sikh community has with our locals. We do not fear any trouble and we will be holding this event as it was always intended. We encourage anyone of any background to come along and join us to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first Gurdwara in Edinburgh."
A spokesperson for campaign group Scotland Against Trump said: "We know that the majority of folk in Scotland oppose the extreme racism practised by so-called White Pride marchers and by far-right politicians in the UK government.
"When these gangs promote mass violence against whole groups of people, we believe they have no right to public space and will use our overwhelming numbers of protesters to prevent them from marching."
A council spokeswoman confirmed no permission as yet had been sought for any ‘White Pride’ march in Edinburgh, but Police Scotland said they were aware of “several demonstrations” planned for the city centre on March 25.
A spokeswoman told The Edinburgh News: “We are working with our partners, including The City of Edinburgh Council, to put in place a proportionate policing operation to facilitate peaceful protest and minimise disruption to the public.”Reuse content