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Aberdeen United Against Fascism formed in 2004 as a response to The National Front attempting to march through Aberdeen on St Andrew’s Day. The group was co-ordinated through members of the Aberdeen Trades Union Council and was successful in lobbying Aberdeen City Council to ban the march. The result was an anti-fascism/anti-racism march on St Andrew’s Day 2005, a march which has become an Aberdeen Trades Union Council event to this day.

It is not clear whether the local group was part of the national campaign Unite Against Fascism which was formed in 2003, in response to the electoral campaigning of the British National Party. The similarity in name would suggest a link.

It is not known when this group wound-up, but it is likely that it simply morphed into another anti-fascist movement at a later date.

References: Aberdeen Trades Union Council Annual Reports.

Sources: unknown.

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Student Campaign Against The Nazis was a University of Aberdeen Society, formed in 1978, and affiliated to the national Anti-Nazi League (which also had an Aberdeen local branch).

References: University Freshers’ magazines.

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The League, a branch of the national organisation (established in 1977 at the instigation of the Socialist Workers Party), was formed after a gathering in the Music Hall in 1978. The contact, like for many groups, was Boomtown Books, King Street. The national league had wound down by 1981 though.

The League was re-launched in 1992 and there was a student society active in Aberdeen in the mid-1990s.

The League merged into the national Unite Against Fascism campaign in 2003, which is still active today.

References: article in the Big Print (1978). University Fresher’s magazines.

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The Aberdeen Anti-Fascist Alliance was set up in 2010 just prior to the general election to organise anti-British National Party leafleting and various other actions in relation to fascist activity in Aberdeen. The group is not affiliated with any party or political groups and has co-ordinated with similar actions in other Scottish cities.

References: website.

Sources: unknown.

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