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Scotland United Against Terrorism

Osama Saeed | 12.07.2007 10:13 | Anti-militarism | Anti-racism | Terror War

It's been an incredible week. The despondency of the attack on Glasgow airport a week ago was turned on it's head in Glasgow today at the extraordinary Scotland United Against Terrorism rally.

Scotland United Against Terrorism
Scotland United Against Terrorism

It was called by a few of us younger folk in the Muslim community and quickly backed by the city's mosques and Islamic organisations. We had hoped for a good response from the rest of Scotland in terms of standing with us.

In fact, we were really touched by how the country responded to us doing this. I was on Newsnight Scotland on Monday when I first announced it. Straight away my phone was going and the emails were coming in from people saying they were really glad we were doing it and that they were coming.

The platform was broad, ranging from Strathclyde Police to the Stop the War Coalition. Civic Scotland was well represented, and then calls started coming in from around the globe. This was quite possibly the first time Muslims had organised anything like this anywhere in the world.

The sun came out this afternoon for the 2000 or so people that came along for something I was really proud to be a part of.


Humza Yousaf intro

Assistant Chief Constable John Neilson, Strathclyde Police

Dr Hany Al-Banna, Islamic Relief

Rev Dr Graham Blount, Church of Scotland

Matt Smith, STUC and UNISON

Keir McKechnie, Stop the War Coalition

Osama Saeed, Muslim Council of Scotland

Nicola Sturgeon, Deputy First Minister

Azad Ali, Muslim Council of Britain

Imam Mustaqeem Shah, Al-Furqan Mosque, Glasgow


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  1. Condemn the much greater terrorism of the West — Paul O'Hanlon
  2. bothered? — fearless
  3. Police — horrified