Nicola Sturgeon condemns violent 'sectarian' riot in Glasgow

Nicola Sturgeon has moved to condemn the violent scenes which erupted in Glasgow yesterday.

Nicola Sturgeon has slammed the sectarian violence that erupted in Govan on Friday night. Picture: PA

Hundreds of Irish republicans clashed with groups of loyalist protesters in the city's Govan area on Friday evening.Scores of officers clad in riot gear and mounted police were sent to the scene around Govan Road in a concerted effort to quell the violence.

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A march in favour of the unification of Ireland, organised by the James Connolly Republican Flute Band, was planned to start at 6.30pm in Elder Park, Govan.

Counter protests are reported to have been organised by loyalists groups.

Police officers have since arrested and charged two men in connection with the rioting.A male aged 31 and a male aged 27 are expected to appear at Glasgow Sheriff Court on Monday 2 September 2019.

Police Scotland 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.

"A range of policing resources are in place as part of a multi-agency response. Specialist public order officers in full protective equipment, the mounted section, air support and dog units have been deployed and we are using proportionate tactics to de-escalate the situation as quickly and safely as possible.

Nicola Sturgeon has slammed the sectarian violence that erupted in Govan on Friday night. Picture: PA

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

Groups of Irish republicans and loyalists clashed with one another. Picture: PA
Picture: PA
Picture: PA