They have been given permission for a march down the bottom bit of the Royal Mile in Edinburgh. I am very disappointed they haven’t been given permission to march down the High Street because it would be fantastic to see what would happen as they try to march through a street filled with uni-cycling fire-eating jugglers and drama students trying to hand them leaflets advertising King Lear on a Bouncy Castle. With any luck, people would assume they were just some slightly distasteful street theatre and ignore them.
Having said that, Unite Against Fascism, UNISON and some other organisations will be taking part in a counter-demonstration. You have to admire* the mentality of people who decide to hold a racist and fascist demonstration in the middle of the world’s largest multi-cultural arts festival. I hope all the performers and festival-goers who aren’t actually doing or watching a show at that time will come along and make it clear to the SDL that their hatred and ignorance isn’t welcome in Scotland.
*just as nasty as the EDL, but with a much smaller membership and a slight name change because the only thing they hate more than everything else they hate is English organisations