Seeing Red

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Martyn McLaughlin’s article 
(5 April) on the thousands of people protesting the Red Roads flats demolition at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony will hopefully cause some of the organising committee to reconsider.

We question how it can possibly be appropriate to kick off the Games by demolishing blocks of flats. It seems there has been no consideration given to the dire housing shortages and forced evictions taking place in many of the competing nations’ home countries – not to mention the ongoing contentious issues with Glasgow residents being displaced from their homes to make way for the Games.

Demolishing housing as entertainment is in very bad taste. Whatever we may feel about the standard of housing they provided, these were people’s homes. Is showcasing the destruction of housing the legacy Glasgow 2014 is aiming for?

Siobhan Reardon

Programme director, 
Scotland,

Amnesty International