Counter demonstration to be planned for the same day.
The Scottish off-shoot of the far-right English Defence League has submitted a request to the Public Processions Committee of Glasgow City Council to hold a march through Pollokshields at the end of this month, The Herald reports. Pollokshields is one of Scotland’s most culturally diverse communities and home to many of Scotland’s Asians.
The Herald reports the march is to supposedly mark the birthday of Kriss Donald, the teenager who lived in the area and was abducted and brutally murdered by five Asian men. Kriss’s killers were the first in Scotland to be convicted of a racially motivated attack. His family have previously condemned the SDL’s attempts to use their tragedy as a way of promoting an anti-Islam message. The Scottish Sun reported that a relative said in March, “Kriss was murdered by a racist gang and the SDL are no different to his killers.”
The City Council are in talks with the organisation to arrange a demonstration which does not involve marching through Pollokshields during Ramadan. City Council sources said, “They’ve asked for a route through Pollokshields and our obvious concern is the make-up of the local community and the fact they want to wave Kriss Donald’s name about the place. It’s also during Ramadan. “We received notification that the group intends to hold a procession in the Pollockshields area. We have some concerns about that plan and have met with the organisers and police to try and negotiate. That process is ongoing.”
Unite Against Fascism are planning a counter demo and a musical event to celebrate the diversity in the area on the same day.
Kriss Donald would have been 25 on the 2nd of July.