Hundreds of people from several activist groups gathered in central Glasgow on Saturday, June 20, amid several related protests in the city. The main demonstration was organized by the anti-racism group Say No to Racism in George Square, but counter-demonstrations were also organized by far-right groups, including Loyalist Defence League members who claimed to be protecting statues in the city centre. At least 100 police officers were deployed to control the demonstrations and separate rival groups following clashes between anti-racism and far-right protesters in the area on Wednesday, June 17. The demonstrations have so far remained largely peaceful, but a group of around 50 Green Brigade Celtic football club ultras were contained by police and prevented from approaching other protesters.
A heightened security presence is expected around protests sites and clashes with or between rival demonstrators and law enforcement are possible.
Demonstrations have been held across the UK in recent weeks in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and related issues. Counter-protests by far-right groups have also been organised in major cities. The demonstrations have remained largely peaceful but several have seen scuffles between rival groups and police, including in central London on June 13.
Those in the Glasgow are advised to monitor developments, avoid all protests as a precaution, and adhere to all instructions issued by local authorities.
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