Neo-Nazis holding 'White Pride' march in Edinburgh - and anti-fascists vow to stop it

Anti-fascists plan to halt white pride march in Edinburgh

A white pride march is set to take place in Edinburgh (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Friday, March 24, 2017

Anti-fascists have said they will attempt to stop a white pride march by neo-Nazis in Edinburgh.

White nationalists reportedly affiliated to the National Front are planning to take part in a march on Saturday (March 25) to celebrate what they claim is "white pride world wide day," according to Third Force News.

The group are planning on walking from the Market Street entrance of Waverley Station to the Covenanters Memorial on the Grassmarket.

Reports suggest the event was initially conceived by the Scottish branch of the far-right National Front, and they are calling for “all white nationalists” to join the march.

However, City of Edinburgh Council has claimed no permission has been sought for the march. Police Scotland are now monitoring the situation.

A Unite Against Fascism spokesperson said: “It is with disgust that we announce that the poisonous, travelling Nazi rump called the National Front intend to come to Edinburgh city centre.

“Edinburgh has a fine tradition of stopping racists and Nazis. Should the Nazi 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.”

A religious Sikh festival is also set to take place on the same day as the march in Edinburgh.

In a statement the Guru Nanak Gurdwara Edinburgh said: "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."