Scottish Anti-fascist Alliance formed

In the joint Glasgow and Edinburgh Anti-Fascists meeting on Saturday 13th, it was decided to form a national network to counter far-right organisations across Scotland. This network is called Scottish Anti-Fascist Alliance.

The main decisions of the meeting:
* Scottish Anti-Fascist Alliance:
A statement of founding principles is being worked out, and will be ratified in a national meeting in Glasgow, date to be confirmed.
The meeting invited anti-fascists Scotland wide to join in this national network, and to set up local organising groups.
A website and national organising email list to be created, and will be published soon.
* Bolton Mobilisation:
The meeting resolved to go to Bolton via public transport the day before the demonstration (19th March), and to subsidise its members transport costs, however any members wanting to go on the 20th March should do so. It was decided to meet up with Manchester anti-fascists, and join with their Bolton mobilisation.
* Community Organising
To continue to support anti-racist community organising as a strategy to counter the far right, along-side street mobilisations

EDL sent packing by militant anti-fascism!

The racist thugs of the "Scottish" Defence League were prevented from having any demonstration at all on Saturday, because of the successful counter demonstration of the Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Alliance. Hundreds of us turned out on the day in a vibrant and exciting protest, to show the racist thugs that their bigotry and divisive hatred is not welcome in Edinburgh.

After congregating at the Princes Mall, we marched to the bottom of the mound. Once our scouts gave us reliable information about where the main meeting point for the SDL was, we marched toward that location. We went down the royal mile, dodging police kettles, and avoiding the attempts by the UAF to take us to the Scotland United Demonstration. We rallied at the Jenny Ha pub which was the main meet up point for the SDL, and the police quickly surrounded the pub as we arrived.

Our presence there ensured that they were not able to leave the pub to have their planned demonstration at the Scottish Parliament. Our actions made sure they were not even able to have a rally, as they were allowed to do in Glasgow.

The police were forced to put around 80 EDL/SDL trapped in the pub on buses, and they were sent out of town, many of them back to Glasgow, most of them back to England.

In other areas of town, seventy EDL at Waverly Station, who had travelled up from England were kettled in the train station by police. And anti-fascists chased a group of EDL who were attempting to get to the Jenny Or back to the train station, only to join their friends in a police kettle. After a few hours standing on a cold platform in a police kettle the EDL were all sent back to England.

Their efforts to have a racist protest in Edinburgh were completely disrupted, and we have left them demoralised. It is unlikely that there will be another SDL demonstration in Scotland, after our success in Edinburgh yesterday, and the success of the Glasgow Anti-Fascist Alliance in November.

Glasgow Planning Meeting Wed 10th

Glasgow Anti-Fascist Alliance are holding a public meeting next week with someone through from Edinburgh AFA. It's at the Glasgow Social Centre "(66 Osborne St, opposite Mono), Wednesday 10 Feb at 7pm.

facebook event page here:

Rage Against Racism - Fundraiser and banner making

Support anti-fascism by joining us for our benefit night and craft workshop.
rageagainstracism7pm til late, in the Hall above the Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh.
Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Alliance needs YOU:

  • To make stuff for the demo against the Scottish Defence League’s proposed march in Edinburgh on February 20th, at our CRAFT WORKSHOP. Materials and paints for making banners, placards and anything else will be supplied, just bring yourself (and some old clothes you wouldn’t minding getting a little paint on), 7-9pm
  • To help us raise money for this and everything else by taking part in the Edinburgh Anti-Fascist Alliance PUB QUIZ! Enter a team for a small fee, and get some cheap booze to drink (BYOB – pay corkage to help us raise money) while you play – with PRIZES! From 9pm onwards.

Come along for either or both. See you there!

Next Planning Meeting 13th Feb

Our next planning meeting will be one week before the “Scottish” Defence League demonstration.

This is an extremely important meeting, where many essential decisions will be made about what needs done before the march, and what we do on the day, so please make it along!

7-9pm, 13th February, Bristo Hall, above the Forest Cafe, 3 Bristo Place, Edinburgh.