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Glasgow City Council looks at ‘breathing space’ ban on marches

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Image caption About 1,00zero folks had been concerned within the marches and the counter protests final weekend

The chief of Glasgow City Council has instructed her groups to see if putting a brief ban on all loyalist and republican marches “would be workable”.

Susan Aitken stated it will present “breathing space” to discover a long-term answer following latest dysfunction.

Four Loyalist marches and an Irish Republican parade deliberate for this weekend had been banned by the council after a gathering on Wednesday.

But extra marches are scheduled for the approaching weeks.

The council’s Public Processions Committee made the choice to ban the marches deliberate for Saturday and Sunday following critical sectarian dysfunction at related occasions over the previous two weekends.

The police had warned there was a robust probability of dysfunction and numerous officers can be required.

Supt John McBride stated there had been calls on social media from Republicans to focus on Loyalist occasions and calls for from Loyalists to protest towards Republican parades.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon advised MSPs the town council had made the “right decision” in banning the marches this weekend.

At First Minister’s Questions, she stated the suitable to march was “an important part of our democracy” however those that had been abusing it had been placing it into jeopardy for others.

“It is also vital that the rights of the majority of law-abiding citizens are protected and given priority,” she stated.

However, the Orange Order hit out at the choice.

Jim McHarg, Grand Master of the Orange Lodge, stated the transfer was “illegal” and referred to as for protests outdoors the City Chambers on Saturday.

Planned Loyalist and Republican marches

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Image caption The Orange Order accounts for the best variety of marches within the metropolis

Saturday 14

Pride of the North Flute Band – 60 anticipated individuals – prohibited

Bridgeton Protestant Boys Flute Band – 300 individuals – prohibited

Republican Network for Unity – 150 individuals – prohibited

Whiteinch Orange and Purple District 7 – 120 individuals – prohibited

Sunday 15

Partick Orange and Purple District 15 – 60 individuals – prohibited

Saturday 21

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

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

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

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

West of Scotland Band Alliance – begins 12.30 – 200 individuals

Friday 27

Govan Somme Association – begins 18:15 – 100 individuals

Saturday 5 October

Orange and Purple District No12 LLOL1 – begins 15:00 – 110 individuals

Saturday 12 October

Bridgeton No Surrender Flute Band – begins 13:00 – 350 individuals

Royal Black Preceptory 672 – begins 10.25 – 50 individuals

Sectarian disturbances

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Image caption A march in Govan two weeks in the past led to violent dysfunction

The council determined to ban the marches after violent sectarian disturbances on the 2 earlier weekends.

On Saturday, a police officer was injured as two Irish Republican marches and Loyalist counter-demonstrations had been held in Glasgow.

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

The heavy police presence got here per week after a riot developed in Govan when Loyalists tried to disrupt one other Irish Republican parade.

Mr McHarg, from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, claimed there had been a “concerted campaign” by Irish republican-supporting teams to trigger worry and alarm to the protestant communities of Glasgow.

He stated: “Nationalist councillors in Glasgow, supported by Police Scotland, successfully weaponised these protests by sending out a message that they’d use the specter of protests to ban protestant parades.

“This motion led to the chaotic scenes within the streets of Glasgow as a hard-core factor from either side of the argument used this weaponised protest motion towards one another.”

Mr McHarg stated the Orange Order had performed no half in any of the incidents in Glasgow in latest weeks.

He stated the transfer to ban parades outright was “one thing we can not ignore”.

“We won’t stand idly by while our democratic proper of free meeting is curtailed by politically-motivated anti-unionist nationalists,” he stated.

Mr McHarg referred to as on members to protest outdoors the City Chambers in Glasgow on Saturday morning.

A bunch referred to as Scottish Protestants Against Discrimination had already organized an indication at that point to protest towards what they claimed was Glasgow City Council’s determination to “discriminate” towards sure processions.

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