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Archive for September, 2009

GCM flatsMosques in Glasgow and Kilmarnock have been identified by the far right Scottish Defence League and their English counterpart as possible scenes of protest.

In Glasgow, we understand that they have discussed George Square, Pollokshields and the Sheriff Court as possible locations. The latter seems like a strange place to hold a demonstration till it is understood that it is across the street from Glasgow Central Mosque.

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Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Police have said that permission would not be granted to the Scottish Defence League to protest.

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A common opinion expressed since news that the self-styled English and Scottish Defence Leagues were planning a protest in Glasgow has been that we ignore them. By mobilising against them, the argument goes, we give them the oxygen of publicity.

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Delivered by Osama Saeed at an event on Preventing Violent Extremism as part of Edinburgh’s Festival of Spirituality and Peace – 17th August 2009 at St John’s Church

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