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A counter-protest on the Broomielaw as a Republican march was held in Glasgow on Saturday

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has stated the individuals of Glasgow have had sufficient of marches that result in “sectarian violence” on their streets.

Mr Yousaf stated the overwhelming majority of the town’s inhabitants seen the difficulty stemming from the marches as a “stain” on the town’s status.

The minister was responding to a topical query at Holyrood after a second weekend of dysfunction.

He stated the town council was methods of decreasing the variety of marches.

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Humza Yousaf stated the individuals of Glasgow had had sufficient

On Saturday, a police officer was injured as two Irish Republican marches and 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.

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

Within the aftermath of the difficulty in Govan, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned the “sectarian disruption” as “completely unacceptable”.

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About 1,000 individuals have been concerned within the marches and the counter protests

Glasgow Metropolis Council stated it deliberate to cease “morons intent on bringing mayhem to the streets of our metropolis”.

Nevertheless, within the subsequent three weeks there shall be 9 marches by Loyalist organisations and two Republican marches within the metropolis of Glasgow.

Within the Scottish Parliament, Mr Yousaf stated the occasions of the previous two weekends had clearly demonstrated that sectarian violence was “not a factor of the previous”.

He stated the precise to parade peacefully was a authorized proper and an essential a part of a democracy that values free speech.

However he stated it was being abused by these intent on denying others a voice.

Mr Yousaf stated there was “no easy answer” and all of the choices, together with laws, have been on the desk.

The justice secretary stated: “It does frustrate me, rather a lot frankly, that we’re having to speak about laws for dysfunction that’s dedicated by grown males in 2019 in a multi-cultural metropolis like Glasgow, when they’re combating battles of centuries passed by.

“I believe the very fact it’s important to take into consideration legislating to cease these people from committing that dysfunction is a reasonably miserable state.”

The topical query was raised by SNP MSP John Mason, who argued the variety of demonstrations needs to be lowered.

September’s loyalist and republican marches

Saturday 14

Delight of the North Flute Band – begins 11.15am – 60 anticipated individuals

Bridgeton Protestant Boys Flute Band – begins 12pm – 300 individuals

Republican Community for Unity – begins 1pm – 150 individuals

Whiteinch Orange and Purple District 7 – begins 2pm – 120 individuals

Sunday 15

Partick Orange and Purple District 15 – begins 1.45pm – 60 individuals

Saturday 21

Unbiased Loyal Orange Order – begins 10am – 50 individuals

Delight of Govan Flute Band – begins 10am – 800 individuals

Drumchapel Orange and Purple District 57 – begins 11am – 120 individuals

Springburn Campsie Apprentice Boys of Derry – begins 12pm – 60 individuals

West of Scotland Band Alliance – begins 12.30pm – 200 individuals

Friday 27

Govan Somme Affiliation – begins 6.15pm – 100 individuals

‘Banning the marches’

Earlier, Mr Mason instructed BBC Radio’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “If there’s 14 and if about 9 or 11 of them are Loyalist organisations, do they really want that quantity, or might it’s one?”

Of the marches deliberate in Glasgow throughout the remainder of the month, 4 are anticipated to happen on Saturday whereas 5 are scheduled for the next Saturday, together with the 800-strong Delight of Govan Flute Band procession.

Mr Mason stated that if there have been to be a referendum among the many individuals of Glasgow, a majority would probably vote in favour of banning the marches.

In the meantime, BBC Scotland revealed that it value about £300,000 to offer 500 specialist public order officers to the 2 demonstrations on the weekend.

The Scottish Police Federation stated that didn’t embody different sources such because the drive helicopter, mounted officers and traditional police.

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