Riot police called in as Irish Unity march in Glasgow descends into violence 2 years ago

Riot police called in as Irish Unity march in Glasgow descends into violence

The unity march was met with several hundred counter-protesters.

On Friday night, areas of Glasgow descended into a riot following an initially peaceful march that devolved into violence.


The Irish Unity march, organised by the James Connolly Republican Flute Band, began at 6.30pm in the Govan area of the city, but by 7pm, they had been met with several hundred counter-protesters.

This led to what the local police called a "significant disorder" in the area, with images and videos on social media showing the aftermath in the area, including large fires and what appears to be a lot of damage to public and private property.

Witnesses told BBC News that this resulted in the arrival of riot police, mounted officers, dog units, and a helicopter, as well as the use of smoke bombs in order to disperse the crowds.

Chief Superintendent Mark Hargreaves said: "Police Scotland has a duty to facilitate processions and any peaceful protest, but this kind of behaviour by persons demonstrating against the parade is utterly unacceptable.


"It is extremely disappointing to see people acting in this fashion, causing fear and alarm to members of the public as well as putting many people at risk.

"Police Scotland will undertake a thorough and robust enquiry, and take any necessary action against those found to have been causing disruption."

The Glasgow City Council tweeted out a statement in response to the disorder, ending with "We are prepared to consider any action that will protect communities from morons intent on bringing mayhem to the streets of our city."