Statement in relation to public processions

Published 04 September 2019

Statement from Police Scotland in relation to public processions planned for Saturday, 7 September, in Glasgow.

 

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins said: “Following the disorder last Friday, we provided further information at the request of Glasgow City Council about two processions planned for Saturday, 7 September.

 

“Our view is that if the processions were banned, some form of protest and disorder could still take place and the policing profile for Saturday would therefore be similar.

 

“If the processions go ahead it would allow us to continue to engage with known organisers to ensure balanced rights were upheld and to police the events under the conditions agreed by the council.

 

“I need to appeal to people who plan on taking part in processions or counter protests to do so peacefully.

 

“We will have a range of policing resources, including a range of specialist assets, in attendance and will take any necessary action against anyone causing disruption.

 

“The decision to amend the route or the timing, or to prohibit any procession is a matter for the relevant local authority.

 

“Police Scotland is required to assist councils to make informed decisions by making appropriate representations on notifications which could potentially significantly risk public safety, disorder, damage to property or disruption to the life of the community.”


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