Scottish loyalists in Glasgow clash with riot police and launch missiles

0
5


Thousands of peaceful protesters went to BLM marches across the UK today – although there were violent scenes in Glasgow as rival groups launched ‘missiles’ and confronted anti-police -riot.

Protesters across the country marched and gathered peacefully to show their support for the Black Lives Matter movement after the murder of George Floyd in the United States.

Thousands of protesters in Leeds “took a knee” as they gathered in the heart of the city while people from Cardiff were seen holding signs.

Peaceful protests, however, were marred in parts, with skirmishes erupting in Leeds, with reports of far-right activists defending a memorial.

And in Glasgow, rival groups have been seen clashing with police near George Square as BLM supporters attempted to campaign for the removal of a statue of former Prime Minister Sir Robert Peel.

Surprisingly, however, police said the clashes were unrelated to a Black Lives Matter demonstration, despite photos showing hundreds of far-right worshipers claiming to defend the destruction of the statue.

BLM supporters were unable to access the square after clashes with hundreds of counter-protesters, organized by the far-right Loyalist Defense League.

Organizers of the “Peel must fall” campaign, led by the Glasgow Youth Art Collective, said they were forced to drop the protest after claiming that they could not enter the square and that activists were “Targeted” by the police.

Other clips showed a far-right crowd colliding with the police, with an officer apparently surrounded and pulled to the ground.

Commenting on the clashes, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “A violent protest is never acceptable. I say to everyone who ended up on the streets of Glasgow in an argument with other groups or with the police, that they should really look at each other for a long time.

“It is not acceptable behavior at all times, but in this time of crisis that the country is facing, I think it is particularly shameful behavior. “

Protesters “take a knee” at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds today

Thousands of peaceful protesters - pictured `` kneeling '' - gathered in central Leeds today to support Black Lives Matter

Thousands of peaceful protesters – pictured “kneeling” – gathered in central Leeds today to support the Black Lives Matter

Police clash with protesters during the Black Lives Matter demonstration which takes place in Leeds Millennium Square this afternoon

Police clash with protesters during the Black Lives Matter demonstration which takes place in Leeds Millennium Square this afternoon

Protesters make fists of Black Lives Matter at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in Leeds

Protesters punch Black Lives Matter at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in Leeds

Protesters were peaceful as they crowded together in central Leeds today to campaign for Black Lives Matter

Protesters were peaceful as they thronged together in central Leeds today to campaign for the Black Lives Matter

A protester stands in front of the police holding a Black Lives Matter sign in Leeds this afternoon during a peaceful demonstration

A protester stands in front of the police holding a Black Lives Matter sign in Leeds this afternoon during a peaceful demonstration

Police move to central Glasgow to form a barrier between opposing groups of BLM activists and far-right worshipers

Police move into central Glasgow to form a barrier between opposing groups of BLM activists and far-right supporters

Ugly scenes saw the far right of the crowd on the ground a police officer in Glasgow who was helped to get back on his feet by their colleagues

Ugly scenes saw the far right of the crowd on the ground a Glasgow police officer who was helped to get back on his feet by their colleagues

Protesters stand at a demonstration organized by the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow this afternoon

Protesters stand at a demonstration organized by the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow this afternoon

Glasgow far-right loyalists sprint to police trying to contain them in George Square near a statue of Robert Peel

Far-right loyalists in Glasgow sprint to police trying to contain them in George Square near a statue of Robert Peel

Protesters attend a Black Lives Matter demonstration after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Leeds

Protesters attend a Black Lives Matter demonstration after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis, Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters in Leeds attend a Black Lives Matter demonstration after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis

Protesters in Leeds attend a Black Lives Matter demonstration after the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis

A woman and child sitting with placards at a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square in Leeds this afternoon, joining thousands

A woman and child sitting with placards at a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square in Leeds this afternoon, joining thousands

A protester makes a Black Lives Matter fist during a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in Leeds

A protester makes a Black Lives Matter fist at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in Leeds

A girl seated on the shoulders of a man holds up a sign saying 'All I want is equality' at a protest in Leeds this afternoon

A girl seated on a man’s shoulders holds up a sign saying “All I want is equality” at a protest in Leeds this afternoon

A protester holds up a sign at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter in central Leeds

A protester holds up a sign at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protests in Leeds were peaceful with a large crowd singing songs and holding up signs in support of the Black Lives Matter

Protests in Leeds were peaceful with a large crowd singing songs and holding up signs in support of the Black Lives Matter

Protesters gather outside Leeds City Hall during a demonstration organized by Black Voices Matter following the death of George Floyd

Protesters gather outside Leeds City Hall during a demonstration organized by Black Voices Matter, following the death of George Floyd

Photo shows people gathered in Cardiff Bay for a peaceful demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter this afternoon

Photo shows people gathered in Cardiff Bay for a peaceful demonstration in support of the Black Lives Matter this afternoon

A small crowd of protesters also gathered peacefully in Cardiff Bay today to show solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter

A small crowd of protesters also gathered peacefully in Cardiff Bay today to show solidarity and support for the Black Lives Matter

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Members of the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow during a demonstration between people calling for the removal of a statue of the founder of the Metropolitan Police, Robert Peel

Loyalist Defense League members in George Square in Glasgow during a demonstration between people calling for the removal of a statue of Metropolitan Police founder Robert Peel

Police and members of the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow as they

Police and members of the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow as they “defend” the statue

Police and members of the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow during a demonstration between people calling for the removal of a statue of Metropolitan Police founder Robert Peel and counter-demonstrators

Police and members of the Loyalist Defense League in George Square in Glasgow during a demonstration between people calling for the removal of a statue of metropolitan police founder Robert Peel and counter-demonstrators

A large police presence watches over the activists who gathered in George Square in Glasgow this afternoon to

A large police presence watches over the activists who gathered in George Square in Glasgow this afternoon to “defend” a statue

Police separate counter-protesters from a large group of people in George Square in Glasgow after reports that missiles were launched between rival groups

Police separate counter-protesters from a large group of people in George Square in Glasgow after reports that missiles were launched between rival groups

A group of 'supporters' of the statue walk the streets of central Glasgow trying to find an opposition group after the cancellation of the BLM protest

A group of statue “supporters” walk the streets of central Glasgow, trying to find an opposition group after the cancellation of the BLM protest

A line of riot police stands on a main road in central Glasgow. BLM protest was quashed amidst large loyalist presence

A line of riot police stands on a main road in central Glasgow. BLM protest was quashed amidst large loyalist presence

In Leeds city center, around 1,000 men, women and children gathered in Millennium Square for a joint event organized by Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter.

Many held up signs and cheered and cheered as the protest officially started at 2:30 p.m. Another 200 protesters stood around the town’s war memorial, about 0.2 miles away on The Headrow.

Who was Sir Robert Peel?

Sir Robert Peel (1788 – 1850), served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and is considered the father of the modern British police after founding the Metropolitan Police Service.

He is also one of the founders of the Conservative Party.

Black Lives Matter activists have targeted statues of the former Prime Minister because of his father’s involvement in the slave trade.

A petition to remove the statue of Peel in central Manchester was launched by Sami Pinarbasi, who said that Sir Robert was an “icon of hatred and racism”.

His father, Sir Robert Peel, 1st baronet, (1750 – 1830), was a British politician, industrialist and manufacturer of textiles. He amassed wealth through industry and became one of the ten known British millionaires in 1799.

However, to “protect the cotton industry” in Manchester, Peel petitioned against the bill to abolish the foreign slave trade.

Statues of Sir Robert Peel stand in London’s Parliament Square, George Square in Glasgow, Bury and the Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester.

Police vans lined the surrounding streets and officers stood in pairs around each demonstration.

Dionne Edwards of Black Voices Matter said: “Our rally is a peaceful demonstration. We do not tolerate damage to public or private property. We just want to appeal for our painful voices to be heard – and to be heard aloud.

“We will no longer be silenced by fear. “

In Glasgow, despite comments and hundreds of defenders of the statues, Police Scotland remarkably asserted that the clashes were not linked to a BLM rally.

Chief Superintendent Alan Murray said, “Scottish police can confirm that officers were aware of a disruption near George Square, Glasgow today.

“At the moment, the incident does not appear to be linked to a Black Lives Matter demonstration. “

Far-right loyalists seemed to ignore all directives of social distancing. Protesters in London over the weekend had been encouraged not to protest for fear it might fuel the spread of the disease.

The original protest was quashed by the Glasgow Youth Art Collective after claiming that it could not access George Square and “police targeting activists”.

A group of those looking to see the removed statue were escorted to North Hanover Street in the city when they passed the police escort and started running towards George Square.

Hundreds of counter-demonstrators began to run towards the group before the police could enter the two.

Missiles could be seen flying between the two groups as the police – with their batons drawn – formed a line across the street.

Those looking to see the removed statue were forced to go up North Hanover Street by the police.

A police helicopter was deployed and could be seen flying over the city center.

Although Glasgow’s Black Lives Matter protest was quashed, the Leeds protest continued.

People wearing masks protest at a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square in Leeds this afternoon

People wearing masks protest at a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square in Leeds this afternoon

People wearing masks carry placards at a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square in Leeds this afternoon

People wearing masks carry placards at a Black Lives Matter rally in Millennium Square in Leeds this afternoon

The wave of protests comes after the death of the unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in the United States, which sparked worldwide fury

The wave of protests comes after the death of the unarmed black man George Floyd in police custody in the United States, which sparked worldwide fury

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

A protester holds up a sign saying 'Britain is not innocent' as it takes part in today's demonstration in central Leeds

Protestor holds up sign saying ‘Britain is not innocent’ as it takes part in today’s demonstration in central Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at Black Lives Matter demonstration after George Floyd's death in police custody in Minneapolis

Protesters hold up signs at Black Lives Matter demonstration after George Floyd’s death in police custody in Minneapolis

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter in central Leeds this afternoon

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in central Leeds this afternoon

Black Lives Matter takes place this afternoon at Leeds Millennium Square. The protest remained peaceful throughout

A young protester keeps a picture of George Floyd as she looks through the bars of a barrier during a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter in central Leeds

A young protester keeps a picture of George Floyd as she looks through the bars of a fence during a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter movements in central Leeds

Protesters gather near Leeds City Hall during a demonstration organized by Black Voices Matter, following the death of George Floyd

Protesters gather near Leeds City Hall during a demonstration organized by Black Voices Matter, following the death of George Floyd

A protester smiles at the camera as she holds a sign at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter

A protester smiles at the camera as she holds a sign at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter

Police present as a large group of people stand in George Square in Glasgow

Police present as a large group of people stand in George Square in Glasgow

Missiles could be seen flying between the two groups as the police - with their batons drawn - formed a line across the street

Missiles could be seen flying between the two groups as the police – with their batons drawn – formed a line across the street

Police block the roads to George Square as a large group of people stand in the square near the statue of Sir Robert Peel

Police block the roads to George Square as a large group of people stand in the square near the statue of Sir Robert Peel

Crowds gather at the Robert Peel statue in George Square before a Black Lives Matter protest calling for its removal

Crowds gather at the Robert Peel statue in George Square before a Black Lives Matter protest calling for its removal

Police try to control the crowds that have gathered at the Robert Peel statue in George Square, Glasgow

Police try to control the crowds that have gathered at the Robert Peel statue in George Square, Glasgow

In Leeds city center, around 1,000 men, women and children gathered in Millennium Square for a joint event organized by Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter

In Leeds city center, around 1,000 men, women and children gathered in Millennium Square for a joint event organized by Black Lives Matter and Black Voices Matter

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in central Leeds today

Protesters hold up signs at a rally in support of the Black Lives Matter movement in central Leeds today

Black Lives Matter protest taking place in Leeds Millennium Square this afternoon, the latest in a series of protests across the UK

Black Lives Matter protest taking place in Leeds Millennium Square this afternoon, the latest in a series of protests across the UK

Many held up signs and cheered and cheered as the protest officially started at 2:30 p.m. Two hundred other protesters stood around the town's war memorial, about 0.2 miles away on The Headrow

Many held up signs and cheered and cheered as the protest officially started at 2:30 p.m. Two hundred other protesters stood around the town’s war memorial, about 0.2 miles away on The Headrow

Dionne Edwards of Black Voices Matter said:

Dionne Edwards of Black Voices Matter said: “Our rally is a peaceful demonstration. We do not tolerate damage to public or private property ”

Clashes between far-right men, Black Lives Matter supporters and riot police broke out in Trafalgar Square and Waterloo Station yesterday, with far-right protesters claiming to protect the Churchill monument.

Police chiefs imposed a 5 p.m. curfew on all protests in an effort to stifle unrest seen throughout the day as anti-racist rally and far-right counter-demonstration fell into hooliganism fueled by a hard core of violent activists.

Boris Johnson spoke out against what he described as “racist racism” seen at protests yesterday after being criticized for responding to the unrest this week.

The Prime Minister, who urged protesters to avoid protests together – wrote on Twitter: “Racist attacks have no place in our streets. Anyone who attacks the police will be fully respected by law.

“These marches and demonstrations have been overturned by violence and violate current directives. Racism has no part in the UK and we have to work together to make it happen. “

Police confirmed that more than 100 people were arrested during yesterday’s demonstration for offenses such as breach of the peace, violent unrest, assault against officers, possession of an offensive weapon, possession of street drugs. class A and drunkenness and troubles.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here