Neo-Nazi group re­cruit­ing in city

Coun­cil­lor slams ‘small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple’

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - STE­FAN MORKIS

Coun­cil­lors have con­demned a neo-Nazi group that claims to be re­cruit­ing in Dundee.

Mem­bers of the Scot­tish Na­tion­al­ist So­ci­ety, a far-right fringe group, have put up stick­ers around the city urg­ing peo­ple to “join their lo­cal na­tion­al­ists”.

They also posted pic­tures on so­cial me­dia of group mem­bers pos­ing out­side the McManus and on Dundee High Street.

The group’s web­site claims it is against “race mix­ing” and ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. It also states: “We sup­port closed bor­ders and strict im­mi­gra­tion laws so that our peo­ple aren’t qui­etly eth­ni­cally cleansed from our own home­land.”

West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpherson slammed the group’s ac­tions.

He added: “This is ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour but I would make the point this is a very small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple who speak for ab­so­lutely no­body.”

Labour West End coun­cil­lor Richard McCready said: “Dundee has a his­tory of be­ing a tol­er­ant, wel­com­ing city. Many peo­ple will be ap­palled to see these stick­ers in Dundee.”

Dundee coun­cil­lors have con­demned a neo-Nazi hate group cam­paign­ing in the city.

Stick­ers ad­ver­tis­ing a group called the “Scot­tish Na­tion­al­ist So­ci­ety” have been spot­ted on var­i­ous lamp-posts around Dundee.

One of the stick­ers was found on the Seabraes bridge but was torn down.

The group, which has marched along­side the far-right Scot­tish De­fence League, claims to be a “rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment of like-minded na­tion­al­ists” and is in favour of closed bor­ders, strict im­mi­gra­tion laws and the rein­tro­duc­tion of Sec­tion 28, leg­is­la­tion that banned the “pro­mo­tion” of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity in schools.

Pic­tures posted on its Twit­ter feed show mem­bers of the group pos­ing on Dundee High Street and out­side the McManus.

The group claims to be re­cruit­ing in cities across Scot­land.

How­ever, pho­tos on the group’s web­site sug­gest the group had no more than a hand­ful of mem­bers – all young men who pose for pic­tures while cov­er­ing their faces with scarves or masks.

They fly a flag fea­tur­ing a ver­sion of the triske­lion, a Celtic triple cir­cle.

A ver­sion of the triske­lion was used by the neo-Nazi party Afrikaner Weer­stands­be­weg­ing in South Africa.

West End Labour coun­cil­lor Richard McCready said: “Dundee has a his­tory of be­ing a tol­er­ant, wel­com­ing city.

“Many peo­ple will be ap­palled to see these stick­ers in Dundee. My mes­sage is clear – do not van­dalise our city.

“I will be ask­ing Dundee City Coun­cil to pay close at­ten­tion to such stick­ers and make sure that they are re­moved.”

West End Lib­eral Demo­crat coun­cil­lor Fraser Macpherson said: “This is ab­so­lutely dis­grace­ful be­hav­iour but I would make the point this is a very small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple who speak for ab­so­lutely no­body.”

Last year around 150 peo­ple at­tended an anti-fas­cist demon­stra­tion in Dundee af­ter the pro­hib­ited fas­cist group Sys­tem Re­sis­tance Net­work put up posters in the city cen­tre.

They tar­geted All­sorts, a sup­port group for les­bian, gay, bi­sex­ual and trans­gen­der peo­ple.

The group claims to be a “rev­o­lu­tion­ary move­ment of like­minded na­tion­al­ists”.

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