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Thursday, Apr 24 , 2014 ( Jumada Al-Akhir, 1435)

Updated:10:00 PM GMT

Hatred on Scotland's Streets

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Sturgeon the racist Scottish Defence League and the alike "are not welcome anywhere in Scotland." (Google)
Sturgeon the racist Scottish Defence League and the alike "are not welcome anywhere in Scotland." (Google)
CAIRO – Fuelling hatred against British Muslims, a mob of far-rightists and football hooligans are planning a massive anti-Islam march in Scotland’s second largest city of Edinburgh next week.

"If the march does go ahead, it's quite worrying that these types of views would be given a platform," Nina Giles, the director of Edinburgh & Lothians Racial Equality Council, told the Scotland on Sunday on February 14.

"Any individual that holds that kind of hatred towards any group is not healthy."

Balaclava-clad supporters of the self-styled Scottish Defense League (SDL) will march across Edinburgh on Saturday, February 20, against Muslim presence in the city.

The SDL is an off-shoot of the English Defense League (EDL), a far-right group whose stated aim is to oppose the spread of Islam and Shari`ah in Britain.

Embracing the language of far-right, the group draws support from mainly people with a background of football violence.

Playing anti-Muslim rhetoric, the SDL displays clothes and badges emblazoned with slogans such as "Ban the Burqa" and "No Surrender".

Another badge available over the internet says "Asylum – Don't Unpack You're Going Back".

A similar march by the group in Glasgow in November ended in violence when SDL supporters clashed with anti-racism marchers.

Scotland is home to more than 500,000 Muslims, making up less than one percent of the population.

Muslims are the second largest religious group in Scotland, which has thirty mosques.

Fascists

Many Scots liken the SDL to the openly fascist British National Party (BNP), which is notorious for anti-Islam rhetoric.

"To the BNP, to the Scottish Defence League, to the English Defence League, to any racist defence league, you are not welcome in Glasgow," said Deputy First Minister Nicolas Sturgeon.

"You are not welcome anywhere in Scotland."

The BNP, a far-right and whites-only political party, is notorious for attacks against immigrants and British Muslims, estimated at nearly two millions.

The EDL is also playing anti-Muslim rhetoric to draw support in Britain, leaving Muslims at the focus of unprovoked attacks by rightists.

In the worst incident, some Asian students were assaulted by a mob of white and black youths in central London using metal poles, bricks and sticks.

Three people – two students and a passer-by who tried to intervene – were stabbed.

Anti-fascist groups are already working hard to undermine the planned Edinburgh march by the SDL.

Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Alliance has written to pubs in the city to ban the SDL from using their premises.

Football grounds have also been asked to shun the group.

Posters reading "Nazis not welcome here" were distributed in the city by the United Against Fascism group.

"It is time to stand up for multicultural Scotland," said a spokesman.

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