Anti-racists welcome no-show by supporters of far-right movement in Edinburgh

ANTI-RACISM campaigners have hailed a “no-show” by supporters of a far-right movement at a rally in the Scottish capital.

The Scottish branch of Pegida, the far-right movement from Germany, was expected to hold a static demonstration in Edinburgh this afternoon.

It was due to be the first Scottish rally by the group, whose German acronym means Patriotic Europeans against the Islamisation of the West.

There was a “significant” police presence around Waverley Station, the Royal Mile and outside the Scottish Parliament, where Pegida supporters were expected to come face-to-face with a counter-demonstration of around 200 people organised by campaign group Unite Against Fascism (UAF).

But there was no obvious sign of an appearance by Pegida supporters at the foot of the Royal Mile, where police barriers had established a “sterile” area to keep them apart from the rival protest. The road at Horse Wynd was later reopened to traffic without any apparent confrontation having taken place.

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