Scottish Defence League
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Its best publicists are the far left, particularly trade union groups, the Anti-Nazi League and Unite Against Fascism, whose posters have given this small group a fame beyond its numbers. It is not a political party.
The SDL is basically an outgrowth of the English Defence League, and on protests EDL people seem to make up the numbers. The remaining membership seems to consist of the more erratic rangers fans and knuckleheads. The SDL has attempted a couple of marches, but has found itself hopelessly outnumbered by largely White anti-racists. However, the massive publicity given the group has probably also allowed them to recruit a few more members, mostly drunks.
In 2009, the Sunday Herald revealed links between the SDL and the British National Party (BNP) though both groups have publicly tried to distance themselves from each other, with the BNP claiming it would expel members found to be active in the SDL and its English counterpart, the EDL.
The SDL also appears to have links with Regimental Blues, a far-right Protestant anti-independence group founded in Glasgow in 2013, whose chairman is Kris McGurk.
- Scottish Defence League on Powerbase.
- Extra officers on duty for Scottish Defence League marches in Berwick
- Scottish Defence League demo at Scottish parliament met by anti-fascist protestors
- Alison Campsie (13 December 2009). "Revealed: the secret links between the Scottish Defence League and the BNP". Sunday Herald (Glasgow)
- Tartan Terrorism: The Forgotten History of Scotland's Violent Extremism, Vice, 20 Feb 2017
- BBC News - Man charged under Explosives Act in Edinburgh.
- BBC News - Man found guilty under Terrorism Act in Edinburgh.