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The above working group, of which SIF was a member, has published its findings. The report can be read on the Scottish Government’s website.

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small DSC02394We’ve spent the last number of weeks working on a suitable response to the SDL’s planned protest outside Glasgow Central Mosque.

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Following yesterday’s news that Newcastle United were investigating legal action over the English Defence League’s use of their club crest following Show Racism the Red Card’s prompting, we can reveal that Rangers FC are doing likewise.

Rangers inform us that they have successfully asked Facebook to remove references to the club in the context of the SDL. This would account for the dedicated ‘Scottish Defence League – Rangers supporters’ group having disappeared as of yesterday.

Rangers are to be congratulated for this decisive action.

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Legal action is reportedly being considered by Newcastle United Football Club over the far-right English Defence League’s use of the club badge.

Given the strong attempts to exploit football networks across the country, including in Scotland, I hope other clubs will consider this action if viable.

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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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