Nicola Sturgeon has supported a decision to ban six marches organized by loyalist and republican groups to take place in Glasgow this weekend

The Glasgow City Council has moved Wednesday to ban planned events after considering the Police Scotland Expert Council.

The decision was made after a relocation in the city over the past two weekends, during which a number of policemen responded to "significant disturbances" during a march in Govan on 30 August.

The following weekend, eleven people were arrested when two Republican demonstrations took place in Glasgow city center. A police officer was injured by a pyrotechnics thrown by loyalist protesters.



The republican group Cairde na hEireann, which calls itself Scotland's Irish republican voice, marches through Glasgow

Saturday's banned parades include Bridgeton Protestant Boys Flute Band, North Flute Band Pride, Republican Network for Unity, and two from Whiteinch Orange and Purple District No. 7.

Partick Orange and Purple District 15 had planned to march on Sunday.

When asked by the First Minister on Thursday, Stör said, "I think the City Council has come to the right decision not to approve marches planned for this weekend.

"I believe that the right to march is an important part of our democracy, but those who abuse it jeopardize it for others, in my opinion.

"It is also crucial that the rights of the majority of law-abiding citizens be protected and prioritized."



Police officers were called in to ensure that loyalist and republican groups were separated during the march last weekend

She added, "I think the Glasgow City Council has made the right decision.

"Obviously, it makes these decisions in the light of the advice it receives from the police.

"I think there are longer-term questions about whether legislative changes are needed, and we will continue this dialogue with the Glasgow City Council."

A statement by the Council following its decision on Wednesday was: "The Council has always been confident that the law expects it to facilitate public processions, including those that some people reject or consider offensive.

"However, the right to march must be weighed against the rights of people and communities throughout Glasgow."

It added, "The city has experienced an unacceptable level of disruption and unrest over parades and counter-protests in recent weeks.



The Scottish police were called to Govan after a march triggered a massive uproar at the end of last month

"Both the information gathered by the police and the comments of supporters and demonstrators indicate that tensions are high and the situation threatens to worsen further.

"The City Council appeals directly to those who have participated in these marches or who intend to protest against them in order to follow the instructions given and not disturb the streets of the city."

However, the Order of Orange pronounced the ban on marching.

Jim McHarg, Grand Master of the Orange Lodge, said: "It is a sad day for democracy when a narrow-minded group of anti-unionist nationalist councils, backed and supported by the Scottish police, abuses the law and introduces illegal measures Citizens curtail the right to peaceful assembly.

"For over 200 years, Scotland's Orange Lodges in Scotland have been working for the rights of the working class in many parts of Scotland.

"Our parades are the way we exercise our assembly rights, and our membership participates in our parades with great respect and decency."

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