Marchers bid for Ruther­glen re­turn

Trou­bled pa­rade coul be just weeks away

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

The or­gan­is­ers of a Repub­li­can march that had to be aban­doned last year have ap­plied to re­turn to Ruther­glen.

A group call­ing them­selves the In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land have ap­plied to Glas­gow City Coun­cil for per­mis­sion to march from Linn Park In­dus­trial Es­tate to Quay Road North in the Burgh.

No ap­pli­ca­tion has been re­ceived yet by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil.

The event is set to take place on Satur­day, Au­gust 15.

Or­gan­is­ers have ap­plied for a route that will take them on Lain­shaw Drive, Car­munnock Road, Ar­den­craig Road, Castlemilk Drive, Croft­foot Road, Mill Street, Rodger Drive, Stonelaw Road, Ruther­glen Main Street, Queen Street and Pot­ters Way.

They say the march will in­volve around 70 peo­ple.

Last Septem­ber an “an­ti­in­tern­ment pa­rade” was halted on Castlemilk Drive in the in­ter­ests of public safety. Po­lice made 12 ar­rests on the day.

Hun­dreds of pro­tes­tors lined the streets of Ruther­glen to try to stop the event tak­ing place.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil this week con­firmed they had re­ceived ob­jec­tions to the ap­pli­ca­tion.

A spokesper­son said: “We have re­ceived le­gal no­ti­fi­ca­tion from the or­gan­is­ers of this pro­posed pro­ces­sion.

“This is cur­rently un­der ac­tive con­sid­er­a­tion.

“We are set­ting up a meet­ing with the or­gan­is­ers and will also be in dis­cus­sion with part­ners in­clud­ing Po­lice Scot­land.

“I can con­firm that we have re­ceived ob­jec­tions to the pa­rade and a de­ci­sion will be taken in due course.”

The Re­former at­tempted to con­tact In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land, but did not re­ceive a re­ply by the time we went to press.

How­ever, a sim­i­lar march in Air­drie over the week­end passed with­out in­ci­dent.

Op­po­nents of the march say the or­gan­i­sa­tion does not sup­port the North­ern Ir­ish peace process and should be stopped.

One con­tacted the Re­former this week, say­ing: “This has noth­ing to do with Friends of Ire­land or Sinn Fein, who are com­mit­ted to the peace process.

“It’s noth­ing more than a march sup­port­ing the Real IRA.”

A spokesper­son for South La­nark­shire Coun­cil said they had not re­ceived any no­ti­fi­ca­tion of the pro­ces­sion.

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