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UK NewsHumza Yousaf: Orange Order and Republicans could see Glasgow marches rationed

19:35  10 september  2019
19:35  10 september  2019 Source:   scotsman.com

Six Glasgow marches banned amid fears of sectarian violence

Six Glasgow marches banned amid fears of sectarian violence Six marches through Glasgow have been banned over fears for public safety after sectarian violence. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The city's Public Processions Committee ordered the prohibition of the parades - due to take place at the weekend - on Wednesday. Recent weeks have seen "unacceptable" disorder breaking out in connection with a number of marches and counter-protests. A Glasgow City Council spokeswoman said: "The council has always been clear that the law expects it to facilitate public processions; including those that some people oppose or find offensive.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has praised police in Glasgow for a "robust" operation around two republican parades and a counter protest on Saturday Following the march , Mr Yousaf said: "I am very grateful to all of the officers and police staff involved in the robust policing operation around two

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has praised police in Glasgow for a “robust” operation during two Irish Republican parades and a counter- protest Mr Yousaf also wished a “full and speedy recovery” to a policeman injured by a firework thrown during the marches through the city centre by A Cairde

The prospect of Orange Order and Republican groups having the number of marches they stage in Glasgow "rationed" is to be explored by the authorities, it has emerged.

Humza Yousaf: Orange Order and Republicans could see Glasgow marches rationed © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf said today that the marches are a "stain on the city's reputation" after a second weekend of violence which saw a policeman injured by a firework during clashes.

Read more: Humza Yousaf praises police for ‘robust’ approach to Glasgow marchesA further 14 marches are earmarked to take place this month in the city and Mr Yousaf told MSPs today that all options are on the table to tackle tackle the problem.

Loyalists gather in Glasgow's George Square to protest marches ban

Loyalists gather in Glasgow's George Square to protest marches ban Loyalist groups have gathered to protest against Glasgow city council's decision to ban marches this weekend. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The city's Public Processions Committee banned six marches by loyalist and republican groups amid fears over sectarian disorder. It came after violence flared at parades in the city over the past two weekends, with police responding to "significant disorder" at a march in Govan on August 30.

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The Loyal Orange Institution, commonly known as the Orange Order , is a Protestant fraternal order in Northern Ireland. It also has lodges in the Republic of Ireland

Labour's James Kelly asked whether consideration has been given to "consolidating" the number of marches staged by particular organisations.

This would mean "if one organisation has a number of applications over a calendar period they're merged into one or a (smaller) number of marches in order to reduce number of marches taking place and therefore minimise disruption to local areas."

Mr Yousaf said: "I think we should look at all these proposals.

"I can give James Kelly an absolute assurance that this was part of the discussion we had with Glasgow City Council. Can they rationalise the number marches and therefore reduce the number of marches taking place?

"The challenge of this is that each of the applications often come in from different organisations.

Nicola Sturgeon backs Glasgow Council decision to ban marches after police advice

Nicola Sturgeon backs Glasgow Council decision to ban marches after police advice Nicola Sturgeon has backed a decision by Glasgow City Council to ban six marches by loyalist and republican groups that were due to take place this weekend. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The council moved on Wednesday to prohibit the planned processions having considered expert advice from Police Scotland. It followed trouble at parades held in the city over the past two weekends, with police responding to "significant disorder" at a march in Govan on August 30.

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has praised police in Glasgow for a “robust” operation during two Irish Republican parades and a counter- protest on Saturday. The Friends of Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association marches through Glasgow city centre.

HUMZA Yousaf has praised "robust" cops in Glasgow after sectarian mayhem erupted on the city's streets. Following the march , Mr Yousaf said: "I am very grateful to all of the officers and police staff Glasgow erupts into mayhem as Republicans & Loyalists clash over two marches injuring cop.

"So the Apprentice Boys of Derry would be a very different organisation to the main Orange Order march that takes place around the 12th of July, although they may well be grouped under the umbrella of Loyalist parades."

The Government is looking at whether "mediation" among all the groups concerned could help reduce the number of marches.

Mr Yousaf praised the efforts of the police to contain trouble at two republican marches in Glasgow last weekend, which were met by counter demonstrations, and wished the officer injured by a firework a speedy recovery. It followed pitched battles in the streets of Govan the previous weekend after another Republican march was marred by clashes with protesters.

"The events of the last weekend have really demonstrated that sectarian violence is not a thing of the past," Mr Yousaf added..

"What we have seen is the perfectly legal right to parade peacefully and counter demonstrate, which are both important parts of a democracy which values free speech, being abused by those who are intent on denying others a voice so they can indulge in violent and disorderly behaviour.

"The right to free expression does not give you the right to intimidate communities.

"I can safely say that the vast majority of citizens in Glasgow view the sectarian violence stemming from these marches as a stain on the city's reputation."

The Scottish Government has been working with Glasgow City Council and Police Scotland to resolve the matter, including the prospect of fresh legislation. Council leader Susan Aitken has also pledged to tighten procedures in the way it allows marches to happen.

Scotland weather: Two week Indian summer with 21C highs to hit country.
SCOTLAND will warm up as an 800-mile wide 'tropical thrust' of hot air brings a two-week Indian Summer lasting until October – with 21C (70F) highs. © Provided by Johnston Publishing Ltd The Met Office forecast a showery Monday but then widespread sunshine from Tuesday as highs climb to 17C in midweek and 20C next weekend in Scotland. Average September highs are just 16C. 21C is possible in Scotland, said The Weather Outlook, predicting “Indian Summer-style” conditions. The Met Office forecast mainly settled conditions with “warm sunshine” for up to two weeks, until the end of September.

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