Given how wet it was on Saturday, there was a strong turnout, against the SDL. There wre large number of loca trade unionists, young families and teenagers as well as the usual sprinkling of Trot groups, some of whom hadn’t bothered to change their leaflets for a Scottish audience. Still, they did better than us loca Wobs who forgot to bring our banner.
A thankfully pathetic number of SDL did turn up and cause a tiny amount of bother (one was arrested for trying to incite religious hatred). A section of the crowd made sure the SDL knew they weren’t welcome so they stayed largely a mile away drinking in the few pubs that would have hen (and didn’t know who they were), so were largely away from the town’s only mosque, the site of their irrational ire.
The SDL’s reason for targeting the Dumfries Islamic Centre was that the mosque leaders have applied… shock horror… for the building to have occasional residential use. Some local residents disapprove of the plans because of the additional traffic it might cause. A perfectly understandable and perhaps resolvable concern. For some reason, the SDL considers this a reason for an anti-Islam crusade. Even the few local residents who oppose the mosque plans, are appalled by the SDL. Details here.
Now this pantomine is over, lets concentrate on building resistance to those who damage our collective well-being: the bosses. Saturday, June 1st at 12 noon: Demo against the Bedroom Tax in George Sqaure, Glasgow.
(pics to follow)