Nae Nazis in Perth
Perth isn’t known as a hotbed of antifascist action. But when the Scottish Defence League came to town to try and whip up racism against a new mosque the response was huge. As Councillor Eric Drysdale tweeted: “1500 counterprotesters outnumbered outshouted and rejected 50 or so fascists on the streets of Perth today. Job done!”
Others suggest it was more like 600 antifascist demonstrates to about 40 Nazis.
Before the weekend UAF Scotland’s spokesperson, John McFadden issued a statement saying:
“Scotland’s communities have always provided magnificent support to refugees, migrants and all the minority communities that make-up Scotland’s rich multicultural society. We encourage anti-fascists to demonstrate their support for Perth’s Muslim community and all of our vibrant and diverse communities. The tiny minority of wandering fascists must be left in no doubt that their vile views shall never be tolerated or go unchallenged.”
People responded in droves.
Nazi Scum off our streets
Opposing the SDL in Perth
Nae Nazis in sight pic.twitter.com/6tV1SPWKNm
— Linda Perry (@BrambleBlusher) September 10, 2017
Video report also – here from A Thousand Flowers:
There seemed to be some doubt about just how “Scottish” exactly the Scottish Defence League was, at least nine of them arrived on a coach from Peterlee in Co Durham. They seemed to have some difficulty getting parked.
After the demo local MP Pete Wishart said: “A handful of fascists were faced with a huge and diverse crowd disgusted at their attempt to hijack a local planning issue to promote their racist agenda. I spoke to people of many faiths and none, people of all ages determined to make it clear that the local Muslim community have our support. I am very proud of Perth today.”
[Special thanks to Linda Perry for her footage. Tabloids approached her but she declined and offer it to us instead. If you were on the demo leave your comments or photos here.]
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