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Loyalist protest over Glasgow marches ban

Loyalist protest over Glasgow marches ban
marchers in GlasgowImage copyright PA Media
Image caption About 1,000 folks have been concerned within the marches and the counter protests final weekend

Loyalist teams are to protest outdoors Glasgow City Chambers after a call to ban all this weekend’s marches over fears of sectarian dysfunction.

Four Loyalist marches and an Irish Republican parade have been banned by the council after a gathering on Wednesday.

It adopted violent sectarian clashes on the 2 earlier weekends.

The protest was organized by a bunch known as Scottish Protestants towards Discrimination (Spad) however is being backed by the Orange Order.

Jim McHarg, Grand Master of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, mentioned he can be “standing side by side” with Spad in protest on the council’s determination.

The council prohibited the marches after disturbances on the earlier two weekends.

It is known that the council buildings can be closed to employees other than a couple of exceptions.

Image caption There have been counter-demonstrations at an Irish republican march final week

On Saturday 7 September, a police officer was injured as two Irish Republican marches and Loyalist counter-demonstrations have been held in Glasgow.

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

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

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

Police informed Glasgow City Council that its intelligence pointed to a “strong likelihood” of dysfunction at marches within the metropolis this weekend.

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

Glasgow City Council chief Susan Aitken mentioned the violence and destruction on the town streets over the previous two weekends had been “simply unacceptable”.

Image caption Glasgow City Council chief Susan Aitken mentioned the violence and destruction was “simply unacceptable”.

“We can’t have repeats of that nor can we repeat the very heavy police presence that was on the streets last Saturday,” she mentioned.

“It is not sustainable or desirable to constantly have 400-plus officers in full public order gear on the city streets every weekend.”

Ms Aitken mentioned there wanted to be a moratorium on marches to offer some “breathing space” and a chance to work out what to do subsequent.

“Whatever we thought we knew about parades, that’s not what is happening any more,” she mentioned.

The SNP politician known as on the leaders of the organisations concerned to “step up and give some confidence and guarantees” that there wouldn’t be a repeat of the violence of current weeks.

Image caption Grand Master Jim McHarg mentioned the difficulty was not attributable to Orange Lodge members

The Church of Scotland it recognised that the choice made by Glasgow City Council was not primarily based on non secular discrimination nor a need to oppress the protestant religion.

However, Mr McHarg, from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, accused Glasgow City councillors of “illegal measures that curtail a citizen’s right of peaceful assembly”.

He mentioned: “Our parades are the way we exercise our right of assembly, and our membership takes part in our parades with great respect and decorum.”

Mr McHarg mentioned the Orange Order performed no half in any of the earlier incidents and blamed the “chaotic scenes” on “a hard-core element from both sides of the argument”.

“We will not stand idly by whilst our democratic right of free assembly is curtailed by politically motivated anti-unionist nationalists,” he mentioned.

Planned Loyalist and Republican marches

Saturday 14

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

Bridgeton Protestant Boys Flute Band – 300 members – prohibited

Republican Network for Unity – 150 members – prohibited

Whiteinch Orange and Purple District 7 – 120 members – prohibited

Sunday 15

Partick Orange and Purple District 15 – 60 members – prohibited

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 – begins 12.30 – 200 members

Friday 27

Govan Somme Association – begins 18:15 – 100 members

Saturday 5 October

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

Saturday 12 October

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

Royal Black Preceptory 672 – begins 10.25 – 50 members

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