When Scotland decided to stay in the union voting ‘No’ with 55 percent, British unionists took to the streets of Glasgow celebrating Scotland’s decision to stay in the UK. But the rally soon descended into violent clashes with at least 11 people arrested.
Chief Superintendent Andy Bates, local policing commander for Greater Glasgow, told The Scotsman: “More than 700 people gathered in George Square last night and there have been 11 arrests for various offenses including disorder, breach of the peace and vandalism.”
“An investigation into Friday night’s disorder has begun and an incident room has been set up at Glasgow city center police office, staffed by officers dedicated to identifying and arresting anyone involved in the ugly scenes witnessed across the world on television and social media,” he said.
A spokesperson from Police Scotland told local media that there were about 100 people in each group. But then ‘Yes’ supporters started leaving the square, which became dominated by unionists. However, other sources said that there were several hundred activists from both sides.
The supporters of the ‘No’ campaign set off red-colored fire crackers and waved Union Jack flags, singing ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘You Let Your Country Down’ and ‘Can You Hear the Yes Campaign?’ they carried banners associated with the pro-Union Protestant Orange Order. They reportedly let off flares in George Square.
On the other side of the square there were campaigners for Scottish Independence.
“We will never surrender,” read a pro-independence sign. The pro demonstrators were reportedly singing the Scottish anthem “Flower of Scotland.”
The unionists then started clashing with pro-Independence supporters. With tensions high, police tried to keep the opposing political forces apart.