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  • lbpolice 3:04 pm on May 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    The Scottish Defence League (SDL) and United Against Fascism (UAF) have both held marches in Edinburgh today.

    Both organisations marched towards St Andrews House, where they held their own respective 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, 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.”

  • lbpolice 10:45 am on May 26, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Scottish Defence League and United Against Facism Marches and Rallies 

    Today the Scottish Defence League (SDL) will be marching in Edinburgh on Regent Road to St Andrew’s House where they will hold a rally.

    United Against Fascism (UAF) will also be holding a march and rally. They will gather within the Grassmarket area and march along Victoria Street, George IV Bridge, High Street, North Bridge into Waterloo Place and thereafter to St Andrews House where they will also stage a rally.

    Lothian and Borders Police, along with City of Edinburgh Council and other partners, has undertaken a significant amount of planning and a detailed policing plan will be in place for these marches which are anticipated to take place around 1pm.

    The city is basking in glorious sunshine and Lothian and Borders Police aim to keep disruption to a minimum so that the general public can go about their daily business and enjoy the lovely weather.

    Our priorities will be to maintain public safety, minimise disruption to public order and  facilitate the rights of freedom of assembly and speech.

    Lothian and Borders Police will also provide an appropriate and proportionate response to any anti social behaviour and criminal activity, bringing those responsible to justice.

    Officers from Lothian and Borders Police has been speaking to a number of community groups, local businesses and organisations leading up to this event to provide reassurance and let people know what its priorities are.


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