Scottish Defence League plans Edinburgh demonstration

The Scottish Defence League (SDL) plans to hold an "anti terrorism" event in Edinburgh. Picture: Stuart Cobley
The Scottish Defence League (SDL) plans to hold an "anti terrorism" event in Edinburgh. Picture: Stuart Cobley
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An extremist far-right organisation has announced plans to hold an “anti-terrorism” demonstration in Edinburgh in the wake of the Manchester arena attack that left 22 dead.

The Scottish Defence League (SDL) said it plans to gather in Market Street, outside Waverley station, on Sunday, June 25.

The SDL claims it wants “to stop the Islamisation of the United Kingdom”. It has held a number of small demonstrations across Edinburgh and Glasgow in recent years.

Those attending are usually significantly outnumbered by police officers and counter-demonstrators.

A statement on the SDL Facebook page said: “It is now time for everyone to unite and make a stand against this evil, join us to show your outrage and demand the government and our police take tougher action to prevent these atrocities and do more to protect us and our children from future terror attacks.”

But the announcment was met with scepticism by some SDL fans online.

One user commented: “Nice gesture but sadly your too late for all this (sic)... you should have listened to us for years, send them all back and close the borders.”

Another said: “Some insane freaks hate our people so make us targets for speaking out for our interests.”

Unite Against Facisim has confirmed it will stage a counter protest if the event goes ahead.