You wait ages for a racist then 50 turn up all at once; well it looked like 50 to me but the Police estimate 150 so what do I know? There were more people filming them though, that’s for sure – it’s the festival after all – and although the Police also put the counter-protest at 350, by far the greatest number of boots on the ground belonged to the Old Bill.
Anyway; Saturday 17th August saw the Scottish Defence League (SDL) march through Edinburgh City Centre. The English Defence League were there too; overcompensating with the biggest flag. I took as much as I could stomach before circumventing the police to stand with the good guys.
Favourite line from one of the SDL guys: “My face is white, my veins are blue!” – Scottish racism is like pneumonia. Four people were arrested over the day; I put in a FOI request to the police and council for other numbers and costs; When I hear back I’ll let you know.
I felt ashamed that day for what these people were calling pride. Not in my fucking name.