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UK News Police vow to keep lid on Glasgow parade as Loyalists protest Republican march

20:55  24 january  2020
20:55  24 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Police will be out in force in Glasgow on Saturday after the National Defence League organised a counter demo to a Bloody Sunday parade © PA Police will be out in force in Glasgow on Saturday after the National Defence League organised a counter demo to a Bloody Sunday parade

Police have given reassurances over public safety ahead of a Bloody Sunday march that will take place in Glasgow city centre this weekend.

Around 200 people are expected to join the West of Scotland Band Alliance in a march through Glasgow on Saturday at 11.30am.

The Republican group say they are marching to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

This month marks almost half a century since the infamous events of 1972 when 14 unarmed civilians were killed by British soldiers during a protest march in Derry.

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a group of people standing in front of a crowd: Loyalist protesters are separated from a Republican parade by police in Glasgow last year © SUNDAY MAIL Loyalist protesters are separated from a Republican parade by police in Glasgow last year

Far-right loyalist group the National Defence League has announced their intentions to disrupt the parade.

The group has called for “all Loyalists” to descend on Glasgow city centre to launch a counter demonstration.

Police Scotland say that the event will be "comprehensively" policed in a statement ahead of the event.

a close up of a newspaper: The National Defence League is calling on Loyalists to take to the streets of Glasgow to protest an Irish Republican march © UGC The National Defence League is calling on Loyalists to take to the streets of Glasgow to protest an Irish Republican march

Chief Superintendent Mark Hargreaves said: “We are aware of a procession planned to take place in Glasgow through the city centre on Saturday, January 25.

“A comprehensive policing and traffic management plan will be in place to ensure all those taking part can do so safely and any disruption to the local community will be minimised.”

Loyalist group to protest Republican Bloody Sunday memorial march in Glasgow

  Loyalist group to protest Republican Bloody Sunday memorial march in Glasgow It comes just months after tensions boiled over between rival factions in Glasgow late last year.West of Scotland Band Alliance is due to take to the streets through the city centre on Saturday morning.

The Daily Record previously revealed that Police Scotland spent £176k on policing two Republican marches and one Loyalist counter-protest last year.

Around 400 officers from the force were deployed to maintain order at parades organised by Cairde Na Heireann (Calton Republicans) and Friends of the IRPWA in September.

a group of people standing around a fire hydrant: Riot police were deployed in Govan after tensions boiled over between Loyalists and Republicans in August © PA Riot police were deployed in Govan after tensions boiled over between Loyalists and Republicans in August

Despite the huge police presence there were sporadic outbursts of sectarian violence as Loyalist-counter protesters lined the streets during the marches.

The deployment of a large number of officers in September came after riot police had to be to the centre of Govan in Glasgow in August after rival factions became locked in a major violent stand-off.

Trouble flared as the James Connolly Republican Flute Band attempted to take part in an "Irish Unity March" around the area only for Loyalists to try to block their parade.

a crowd of people: A march in 2008 in Glasgow that was called by Cairde na hEireann (Friends of Ireland) to remember the victims of Bloody Sunday © PA A march in 2008 in Glasgow that was called by Cairde na hEireann (Friends of Ireland) to remember the victims of Bloody Sunday

Police officer injured as missiles hurled during Bloody Sunday march .
Two people have been arrested and a police officer injured during a republican march in Glasgow. Hundreds of people took part in the procession commemorating Bloody Sunday through the city on Saturday, with a counter-protest also taking place. The march to remember those who lost their lives was organised by the West of Scotland Band Alliance and set off at 11am. There was a large police presence to prevent disturbances and the procession was paused on several occasions.

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