SDL and Unite Against Fascism stage Edinburgh rallies

protest in edinburgh The demonstrations took place outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh

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Rival protests by a far-right group and anti-fascists have taken place outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

The Scottish Defence League (SDL) held a static protest outside Holyrood, while Unite Against Fascism organised its own counter-protest.

About 60 people attended the SDL event while more than 250 people marched from the Royal Mile to the parliament with Unite Against Fascism.

Lothian and Borders Police used barriers to separate the two groups.

Members of the public were kept away from the area.

Speaking before the march, Luke Henderson, co-ordinator for Unite Against Fascism, said: "People are here today to show that the streets of Edinburgh belong to all our diverse communities, and that these communities help keep our cities vibrant."

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