Repub­li­can group gets green light for march

Rutherglen Reformer - - News From The Pews -

A Repub­li­can group banned from march­ing in Ruther­glen ear­lier this month will pa­rade nine miles away on Satur­day, Au­gust 27.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil is­sued a ban­ning or­der to Ir­ish Repub­li­can Bands Scot­land (IRBS) af­ter po­lice said a Ruther­glen pa­rade could pose a risk to pub­lic safety.

But last Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 18, North La­nark­shire coun­cil­lors agreed there were no le­gal grounds to refuse IRBS’protest about anti-Ir­ish racism in Bell­shill.

It will see around 30 marchers fol­low the Coat­bridge United Ir­ish­men Flute Band.

Reg­i­men­tal Blues, a Scots loy­al­ist or­gan­i­sa­tion, which ob­jected to the march says it will hold a counter demon­stra­tion.

Po­lice Scot­land did not sub­mit a for­mal ob­jec­tion to the march but did say the risk to pub­lic safety was “high.”

The La­nark­shire force said it had the nec­es­sary re­sources to po­lice the pa­rade ef­fec­tively.

It was fears for pub­lic safety that saw an ear­lier ap­pli­ca­tion for a pa­rade in Ruther­glen and Castlemilk thrown out by Glas­gow City and South La­nark­shire coun­cils.

Ob­ject­ing to the Au­gust 6 planned pa­rade, Greater Glas­gow Po­lice said: “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.”

Glas­gow City Coun­cil’s pub­lic pro­ces­sions com­mit­tee voted to grant per­mis­sion for the march on Satur­day, Septem­ber 3, but IRBS said the date was non-ne­go­tiable.

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