Crowds gather at George Square opposing planned protest

Police were in attendance in the area of the statue of Metropolitan Police founder Robert Peel.

Crowds gather at George Square opposing planned protest SNS

Crowds of people gathered in Glasgow’s George Square in opposition to a planned demonstration to call for the removal of a statue.

Police were in attendance in the area of the statue of Metropolitan Police founder Robert Peel, as they looked to avert a potential clash between protesters and counter protesters.

Chief Superintendent Alan Murray said: “Police Scotland can confirm that officers were aware of a disturbance near George Square, Glasgow today.”

Police presence: Officers in George Square, Glasgow. SNS

The original protest was cancelled by Glasgow Youth Art Collective after it said on social media there was “no easy access to the square.”

The group said they had intended to have a “peaceful protest” which they said would be “in the style of a public consultation”.

A police helicopter was deployed during the incident and could be seen flying over the city centre.

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