UK News Police Scotland 'worried Scottish independence debate could be hijacked by bigots'

13:50  20 january  2020
13:50  20 january  2020 Source:   scotsman.com

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Chris Musson, Scottish Political Editor. Deputy Chief Constable Will Kerr said cash-strapped Police Scotland will need enough officers for “mass mobilisations” to control Last night a senior source said there were “very real” fears Loyalist marches could become a “proxy” for anti- independence protests

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Police Scotland are worried that the indyref2 movement could be hijacked by bigots and counter protests, it has been reported.

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Speaking to the Scottish Sun, a police insider said there were "very real" fears that Loyalist marchers could represent at anti-independence protests.

They said: "We saw very serious disorder last year. This year Indyref2 tensions are added in the mix. It could inflame things at a time when we're stretched for resources."

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Last year Police Scotland dealt with increasing numbers of large-scale protests on issues including independence, Brexit and climate change.

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Deputy chief constable Will Kerr told the newspaper: "A dynamic political landscape presents the possibility of large-scale protests regarding everything from Brexit to independence and climate chage. All of these factors contribute to an operational environment in 2020 that will need the mass mobilisation of officers."

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AN SNP spokesman said: "It would be very disappointing if there was a repeat of some of the violence that marred some marches last year."

A Scottish Conservative spokesman said: "The fact that senior SNP ministers casually use extreme nationalist language does not help."

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