Loyalist protest over Glasgow marches ban


Hundreds of people have taken part in protests at the decision by Glasgow City Council to ban this weekend's marches

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Lots of are protesting on the determination by Glasgow Metropolis Council to ban this weekend’s marches

Lots of of individuals have joined an indication in Glasgow in protest at a choice to ban marches this weekend over fears of sectarian dysfunction.

4 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 Scottish Protestants In opposition to Discrimination group, backed by the Orange Order, organised Saturday’s protest exterior Glasgow Metropolis Chambers.

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Glasgow Metropolis Council

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Protesters gathered exterior Glasgow Metropolis Chambers to indicate their opposition to the council’s determination

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The Scottish Protestants In opposition to Discrimination, backed by the Orange Order, backed the demo

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

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

It’s understood that the council buildings can be closed to employees other than a number of exceptions.

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

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

Police advised Glasgow Metropolis Council that its intelligence pointed to a “sturdy probability” 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 in opposition to Republican parades.

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

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Glasgow Metropolis Council chief Susan Aitken mentioned the violence and destruction was “merely unacceptable”.

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

“It’s not sustainable or fascinating to continuously have 400-plus officers in full public order gear on the town streets each weekend.”

Ms Aitken mentioned there wanted to be a moratorium on marches to supply some “respiratory area” and a chance to work out what to do subsequent.

“No matter we thought we knew about parades, that is not what is occurring any extra,” she mentioned.

The SNP politician referred to as on the leaders of the organisations concerned to “step up and provides some confidence and ensures” that there wouldn’t be a repeat of the violence of latest weeks.

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Grand Grasp Jim McHarg mentioned the difficulty was not attributable to Orange Lodge members

The Church of Scotland mentioned it recognised that the choice made by Glasgow Metropolis Council was not based mostly on non secular discrimination nor a want to oppress the protestant religion.

Nevertheless, Mr McHarg, from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, accused Glasgow Metropolis councillors of “unlawful measures that curtail a citizen’s proper of peaceable meeting”.

He mentioned: “Our parades are the way in which we train our proper of meeting, and our membership takes half in our parades with nice 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 ingredient from either side of the argument”.

“We is not going to stand idly by while our democratic proper of free meeting is curtailed by politically motivated anti-unionist nationalists,” he mentioned.

Deliberate Loyalist and Republican marches

Saturday 14

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

Bridgeton Protestant Boys Flute Band – 300 individuals – prohibited

Republican Community 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

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

Pleasure 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 Affiliation – begins 18:15 – 100 individuals

Saturday 5 October

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

Saturday 12 October

Bridgeton No Give up Flute Band – begins 13:00 – 350 individuals

Royal Black Preceptory 672 – begins 10.25 – 50 individuals