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The British Union of Fascists (B.U.F.) was formed in 1932 and not long after were establishing networks right across Britain, including in Aberdeen. In September 1935 the B.U.F. tried to hold a meeting at the Music Hall but protesters stopped their meeting. The protesters were made up of members of the local Communist Party and so in November 1935 a meeting was called addressed by Party stalwarts Bob Stewart and J.R. Campbell, with the protesters now styling themselves the Aberdeen Anti-Fascist League. What followed was another 3 years of vicious confrontation between the fascists and anti-fascists, resulting in street battles, criminal damage and court cases.

Although there were battles across the UK, Aberdeen became a centre for activity because of the prominent roles in the B.U.F. of activists based in the locality: William Keith Abercrombie Jopp Chambers-Hunter, the Laird of Tillery, near Udny, and his sister-in-law, Agnes Botha.

Related entries: Aberdeen Communist Party

References: Aberdeen Daily Journal, Fascism in Aberdeen: Street Politics in the 1930s (Liz Kibblewhite and Andrew Rigby, Aberdeen People’s Press, 1978) and Proud Journey: a Spanish Civil War memoir (Bob Cooney, Marx Memorial Library, 2015).

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Tibet Support Group Grampian was formed in 1993 and is affiliated to the national Free Tibet campaign (formerly Tibet Support Group UK), which had originally been founded in 1987. The group campaigns for a free Tibet with an end to China’s occupation and champions human rights issues. In addition the group promotes the culture of the region.

The Grampian group has close connections with the University of Aberdeen and in 1993 welcomed the Dalai Lama to Aberdeen when he was granted an Honorary Degree.

References: website

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Aberdeen Independence Movement is a non-aligned Scottish nationalist group formed in 2018. The aim of the group is to develop resources to educate and inform the general public about the cause of independence. The group also organises training and workshops for activists.

It is part of the umbrella cross-party campaigning organisation, Scottish Independence Convention (SIC).

References: website

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Aye Aberdeen is a Scottish nationalist campaigning group formed in May 2019 (yet is the successor to previous groups that existed from the time of the 2014 Scottish independence referendum: Yes2Aberdeen, and, YesAberdeen).

There are similar groups in Aberdeenshire as well. The Aberdeen group is part of the wider North-East Independence Group which is part of the umbrella cross-party campaigning organisation, Scottish Independence Convention (SIC).

References: website

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A direct action group dedicated to saving wildlife from blood sports. The local group is connected to the UK Hunt Saboteurs’ Association which was formed in 1963/1964.

References: website

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A group that campaigned peacefully against all aspects of animal abuse. The group also advocated veganism.

References: website

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A group that began in the Highlands in 2015 and has a base in Aberdeen. The group exists to educate people to make the connection between their lifestyle choices and the exploitation of other species, the devastation of the planet, and the damage to their health.

References: website

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