‘Stay away from George Square’ police say ahead of rally

Police are asking people not to attend following violent clashes earlier this week.

‘Stay away from George Square’ police say ahead of rally Claire Edmonds

Police have urged people to stay away from George Square in Glasgow ahead of an anti-racism rally due to take place.

The message comes as Say No To Racism plans to stage a socially-distanced demonstration in the location on Saturday morning.

Clashes have broken out over recent weeks at the square, including violent scenes from a far-right group on Wednesday.

Chief Superintendent Hazel Hendren, divisional commander of Greater Glasgow, said: “Please do not come to George Square tomorrow.

“The lockdown restrictions remain in place and people should leave their homes only for very limited purposes.

“Anyone who wants to protest should find another way of doing so that keeps everyone safe.

“We continue to work with partners, including Glasgow City Council, to keep our streets safe for everyone.

“The disgraceful scenes we have witnessed in George Square are completely unacceptable and a robust policing response is in place for anyone intent on causing violent disruption.”

At least six people were arrested on Wednesday following scenes labelled “disgraceful” by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Far-right loyalists targeted a rally in the city’s George Square which was calling for improved living conditions for refugees.

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said on Thursday that Police Scotland is “absolutely committed to respecting people’s rights to freely and peacefully express their views”.

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