Members of a neo-Nazi group are believed to be operating in Aberdeen, according to a campaign group.
Advocacy organisation Hope Not Hate has named the Granite City as an area where the System Resistance Network (SRN), a group of anti-semites who celebrate the Nazi regime, is active.
In its recent State of Hate report, which looks into the activities of extremists across the UK, the group claims SRN has come out of the remnants of the banned group National Action (NA).
The Home Office took action against NA after a plot was revealed to murder the Labour MP Rosie Cooper.
In the report it states SRN is active in Cardiff, Dundee, Cheltenham, Bristol and Southampton, as well as the Granite City.
However, it only has a membership of 10, and, looking at the group’s prospects for this year, it states it is “likely to fizzle out”.
Detailing the group’s activities, the report says: “System Resistance Network emerged out of the members of National Action, which was banned in December 2016.
“Looking around for a new name, some members of NA ‘stumbled’ across SRN in 2017 when it was a dormant group using the name Vanguard Britannia in homage to NA.”
It adds: “An organic mimic of NA, SRN appears to have attracted a small number of others.”
North-east politicians urged anyone coming across such groups to report them to police.
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Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart said: “I would urge anyone who comes across any group which promotes racism, anti-semitism, homophobia or any other hate speech, to please report them to Police Scotland so appropriate investigations can be made.
“Aberdeen is a multicultural, welcoming city and we will not stand for hatred of minority groups.”
North East MSP Liam Kerr, who is also the Scottish Tory justice spokesman, said: “My experience of Aberdeen is that it is an inclusive, vibrant city. People of all races and religions are present and welcome.
“I would be shocked if this group was operational in the north-east at all.
“The region doesn’t reflect the repugnant and racist views of this backwards fringe element.”
Meanwhile, North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said: “Groups like this are simply the extreme form of the hostility towards other cultures and countries which has become all too common in recent years.
“Those who want to live in a decent society have to guard against anything that promotes the politics or the language of hate.”
We were unable to reach anyone from the SRN for comment.