No march

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A bid to hold a repub­li­can march in Ruther­glen has been blocked.

A group called In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land wanted to pa­rade this Satur­day, Au­gust 6.

But Po­lice Scot­land ob­jected due to con­cerns over re­sources at a meet­ing with the coun­cil yes­ter­day (Tues­day).

A Repub­li­can march planned for this week­end will not go ahead af­ter Glas­gow City and South La­nark­shire coun­cils re­fused con­sent for a pub­lic pro­ces­sion.

In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land (IRBS) sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to both lo­cal au­thor­i­ties for per­mis­sion to march be­tween Castlemilk and Ruther­glen on Satur­day, Au­gust 6.

The march was planned to mark the in­tro­duc­tion of in­tern­ment in North­ern Ire­land dur­ing the Trou­bles.

But both ap­pli­ca­tions were thrown out af­ter Po­lice Scot­land said the pa­rade car­ried“a high risk to pub­lic safety”.

In a writ­ten ob­jec­tion sub­mit­ted by the Greater Glas­gow di­vi­sion, it stated: “In Septem­ber 2014, there was a size­able counter-demon­stra­tion in the Castlemilk area by in­di­vid­u­als who at­tended near to the route armed with weapons and caused dif­fi­culty with the con­tain­ment strat­egy de­ployed.

“Sev­eral ar­rests were made and dis­tur­bances con­tin­ued in both the Castlemilk and Ruther­glen area through­out the day.

“It is to be noted that in this and other pro­ces­sions by the In­de­pen­dent Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land, there were no sig­nif­i­cant is­sues with the or­gan­iser.”

The po­lice force also said four other marches and two pre­mier league foot­ball matches were tak­ing place on Satur­day, ar­gu­ing of­fi­cers - in­clud­ing riot po­lice - would have to be called in from across the coun­try to safely mon­i­tor the event.

Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s pub­lic pro­ces­sions com­mit­tee voted yes­ter­day, Tues­day, Au­gust 2, to grant per­mis­sion for the march, but on Satur­day, Septem­ber 3.

Start­ing at Drakemire Drive at 10.45am, the pro­ces­sion would then fol­low Lain­shaw Drive, Car­munock Road, Croft­foot Road, and pro­ceed by con­sent into South La­nark­shire Coun­cil area.

A spokesman for the coun­cil said: “The com­mit­tee recog­nises the or­gan­iser’s right to hold a pub­lic pro­ces­sion. In the in­ter­ests of pub­lic safety, it has amended the date and route.”

But at a meet­ing of South La­nark­shire Coun­cil’s pub­lic pro­ces­sions panel on the same day, the newly pro­posed date was not put for­ward by the ap­pli­cant.

A spokesman for the lo­cal author­ity con­firmed coun­cil­lors con­sid­ered the orig­i­nal ap­pli­ca­tion for the Au­gust 6 date only. He said:“An or­der has been made to pro­hibit the pub­lic pro­ces­sion on 6 Au­gust 2016.”

Of the five pro­ces­sions held by IRBS in Greater Glas­gow Di­vi­sion, trou­ble was only caused at the Septem­ber 2014 pa­rade in Castlemilk.

Pa­rade A sim­i­lar march in 2014 had to be stopped by po­lice on safety grounds

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