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Protestors gather as Glasgow Orange Walk passes Catholic Church

Protestors have gathered at the site of a Glasgow Orange Walk passing one of the city’s Catholic churches.

Pictures today show dozens of demonstrators with a banner from the group Call it Out outside St Benedict’s church in Easterhouse.

Orange Order members and bandsmen passing the church provoked anger from the anti-sectarian group.

A heavy police presence has been seen in Easrterhouse this morning.

The marchers passed the church silently.

A silent Orange Order band walks passes by a Call It Out protest outside St Benedict’s church in Easterhouse

It’s estimated some 13,225 participants will be involved in at least 30 walks with various organisers and lodges listed on the Glasgow City Council website taking part today.

Last year the annual tradition was unable to take place due to coronavirus restrictions but limits to outdoor gatherings were lifted on August 9 allowing the marches to restart.

Many of the walks will start in the morning and last all day.

Today’s events are to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first Battle of the Boyne parade in Glasgow.

Yesterday police warned they would not tolerate any disruptive behaviour.

Protestors gather as Glasgow Orange Walk passes Catholic Church
Protests are planned through the city

Chief Superintendent Mark Sutherland, Divisional Commander of Police Scotland’s Greater Glasgow Police Division said:

“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 we are committed to supporting the human rights of individuals and groups who wish to assemble, balanced against the rights of the wider community and ensuring the safety of everyone involved.

“We are asking all those attending the County Grand Orange Lodge of Glasgow processions, either as a participant or supporter, to do so safely, responsibly and respectfully. We would urge the large majority who behave in the right way and know there is no place for poor behaviours or hate, to influence those around you to ensure the day is remembered for the right reasons, and passes peacefully.

“Our large policing operation will be focused on public safety and doing all we can with partners to reduce disruption to the wider community. We will however not tolerate offensive behaviour, including hate crimes, drunkenness and disorder and such behaviours, will be dealt with swiftly and proportionately. Where this is not possible during the event, we will launch follow-up investigations as necessary.

“We are aware that there may be those who wish to protest on the day against particular locations the processions will pass. We continue to work with these groups to ensure their rights are protected and would again urge everyone to show tolerance, and respect the rights of others.”

The Scottish Trade Union Congress (STUC) has written to the city council asking for some of the marches to be re-routed so they don’t pass the places of worship.

A statement from the STUC read: “We have written today to Glasgow Council expressing our deep concern at the decision to route three parades past Catholic churches in Glasgow tomorrow.

“We do not think it is too much to ask that minor route changes are agreed to reduce fear and distress in our communities.”

The largest march will see three lodges converge at once with more than 30 streets closed throughout the city.

The County Grand Orange Lodge of Glasgow South Group, which will begin at Pacific Quay, expects 1,850 members alone.

Meanwhile, the North Group, beginning at Garscube Road, expects 1,010 and the West Group, assembling at Kelvingrove Park, expects 650.

These three will join together at West George Street and proceed to Glasgow Green.



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