Far-right group march ban

A recent SDL march in Edinburgh.
A recent SDL march in Edinburgh.

THE Scottish Defence League has insisted a ban by Glasgow city council will not keep them away from Pollokshields.

The far-right group submitted an application to the council to march on July 27.

A spokesman for the council said: “The application has not been approved. We have concerns about the proposal in terms of public order and disruption to the community.

“We are in discussion with the organisers and Police Scotland to attempt to reach a resolution.”

James Smith, a spokesman for the group, said: “All we want to do is peacefully pay our respects. We will organise a static demonstration in Pollokshields, if the police stop us, then we will move the protest elsewhere.”

The protest is timed to coincide with the birthday of Kriss Donald, a Pollokshields teenager murdered by an Asian gang in 2004.

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle submitted a formal objection, calling on police to halt the protest on grounds of public safety.

Glasgow southside MSP Nicola Sturgeon added: “I am completely opposed and have made my concerns known to the police and council. The SDL are racists. They are not welcome in Pollokshields.”