‘No major incidents’ as SDL and fascist UAF campaigners march in capital | Race & Crime UK | Scoop.it

Two opposing marches passed without incident in Edinburgh, police said.

The Scottish Defence League (SDL) and United Against Fascism (UAF) both held marches in the city on Saturday.

Both organisations marched towards St Andrews House, where they held rallies.

An “extensive” police operation was put in place around the event, involving officers from Lothian and Borders Police with support from British Transport Police, Strathclyde Police, Fife Constabulary, and Tayside Police.

No arrests were made, police said, and the event passed off without major incident.

Superintendent David Carradice, from Lothian and Borders Police, said: “Today’s police operation centred around minimising the risk of disorder and maintaining public safety, and I am pleased that both marches and rallies passed off without major incident.

“At this time I would like to thank those police forces who provided support to the operation, as well as City of Edinburgh Council and our other key partners who provided assistance, both in the planning stages and today.

“Lastly, I would also like to thank members of the public for their patience and co-operation, particularly with regard to the temporary traffic restrictions that were put in place as a result of today’s activity.”