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Council put in ‘impossible position’ over marches

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Image caption There had been scenes of violent dysfunction in Govan two weeks in the past

Four Loyalist marches have been given the go-ahead to happen in Glasgow on Saturday regardless of considerations over sectarian dysfunction.

The council stated it had been positioned in an “impossible position”, particularly over a big march in Govan.

It stated the police had warned that cancelling the march by Pride of Govan Flute Band may result in violence.

The council requested the organisers to voluntarily withdraw their utility to march however they refused.

Planned marches

Saturday 21

Independent Loyal Orange Order – begins 10:00 – 50 members anticipated

Pride of Govan Flute Band – begins 10:00 – 800 members

Drumchapel Orange and Purple District 57 – begins 11:00 – 120 members

Springburn Campsie Apprentice Boys of Derry – begins 12:00 – 60 members

West of Scotland Band Alliance – withdrawn

Counter-demonstrations

Image caption Hundreds protested on the determination by Glasgow City Council to ban final weekend’s marches

Last weekend a protest was held in Glasgow’s George Square after 5 marches had been banned by the council following an emergency assembly.

The marches had been banned after violence the earlier week in which a police officer was injured as two Irish Republican marches had been met by Loyalist counter-demonstrations.

The counter-demonstrations at each marches had been rapidly contained by police, who had deployed about 400 officers in riot gear and mounted police.

The weekend earlier than that, a full-scale riot developed in Govan when Loyalists tried to disrupt one other Irish Republican parade.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon later condemned the ugly scenes as “utterly unacceptable”.

How many processions happen in Glasgow every year?

Data from Glasgow City Council exhibits that the variety of marches linked to Loyalist and Republican organisations has been falling in current years.

It exhibits that three Loyalist organisations – the Orange Order, Apprentice Boys of Derry and the Royal Black – accounted for greater than 60% of all marches in the town over the previous 5 years.

Further dysfunction

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Image caption About 1,00zero individuals had been concerned in marches and counter protests

Despite the considerations over additional dysfunction, all 4 of this Saturday’s marches are to go forward.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins stated: “I need to appeal to people who plan on taking part in processions or counter protests to do so peacefully.”

A Glasgow City Council spokesman stated: “The council has been positioned in an inconceivable place in relation to the parade in Govan.

“Police Scotland has stated that, ought to the procession not go forward, most of the 800 individuals due to participate will react angrily – which may result in violence and a big affect on the area people.

“We deeply regret that the wider community in Govan will be subject to this disruption. However, police have made it absolutely clear that this could be made worse if these people are not allowed to march.”

The spokesman known as on different teams to not mount protests towards the march.

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