COP26- Ongoing protest activity in Glasgow city centre
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie issued a statement following arrests made for officer assaults during protests in Glasgow city centre.
Assistant Chief Constable Gary Ritchie said:
"Police Scotland is facilitating a number of protests across Glasgow city centre this afternoon.
"During one of these protests, a number of officers were assaulted after being sprayed with paint. Two arrests have been made in relation to this so far and cans of spray paint have been seized.
"Police Scotland is a rights-based organisation that puts our values of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to upholding human rights at the heart of everything we do.
"This means that we will protect the rights of people who wish to peacefully protest or counter-protest at COP26, balanced against the rights of the wider community. We will provide a proportionate policing response to any protest and violence will not be tolerated. Assaults on officers, who put their safety at risk every day to keep the public safe and have adopted a facilitative and rights-based approach to protest, is totally unacceptable.
"The protests have caused some delay with travel through the city centre and officers remain on scene."