Calls to curtail religious-based walks after Glasgow riots

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PUBLISHED: 09:05, Sun, Sep 1, 2019 | UPDATED: 09:37, Sun, Sep 1, 2019

humza yousafSNP MP Humza Yousaf is backing crackdown on religious-based marches (Image: Getty)

It came as the SNP Government was criticised by former Labour first minister Lord Jack McConnell for axing an action plan he introduced. Opposition MSPs also said Glasgow City Council had to answer “serious questions” for allowing the march to take place ahead of today’s Rangers and Celtic football match. The SNP-led authority announced it planned to stop “morons intent on bringing mayhem to the streets of our city”.

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Two men – aged 37 and 21 – have been charged following the public disorder.

Riot police, mounted officers, a helicopter and dog units had been used to quell the “significant disorder”.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon condemned republican and loyalist yobs’ “utterly unacceptable” behaviour.

Glasgow City Council is to review its procedures on marches and parades.

Another march by Cairde na hÉireann (Calton Republicans) is scheduled to take place in the city next Saturday.

Glasgow City Council leader Susan Aitken accused those involved in Friday’s disturbance of “an appalling abuse” of their right to march.

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