SDL and anti-fascists stage protests in Edinburgh

SDL march The march taking place down Edinburgh's Royal Mile was met with protests

Members of the far-right Scottish Defence League (SDL) and anti-racism campaigners have been staging rival protests in Edinburgh.

The SDL and their supporters marched down the Royal Mile to the Scottish Parliament.

There was a significant police presence to monitor the demonstrations.

The centre of the city and the Royal Mile are traditionally busy with tourists and Edinburgh festival-goers at this time of year.

Police estimated about 150 people took part in the SDL event, with about 350 people involved in the counter-protest.

On arrival at the Scottish Parliament, police cordons were in place to keep the two demonstrations apart.

During the day four people were arrested for minor offences.

Ch Supt Mark Williams said: "I would like to praise the Edinburgh public for their continued support and assistance throughout today."

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