Police and council crush plans for SDL march

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''SCOTTISH DEFENCE LEAGUE MARCH TODAY ON PARLIAMENT.'MEMBERS OF THE SDL GATHERED AT WAVERLEY STATION AND MARCHED TO THE COTTISH PARLIAMENT WHERE THEY WERE MET BY ANTI  FASCIST PROTESTORS , BT GROUPS WERE SEPARATED BY A LARGE POLICE PRESENCE. ''THE SDL HOLD A MINUTES SILENCE FOR DRUMMER LEE RIGBY

PIC PHIL WILKINSON.TSPL / JOHNSTON PRESS''SCOTTISH DEFENCE LEAGUE MARCH TODAY ON PARLIAMENT.'MEMBERS OF THE SDL GATHERED AT WAVERLEY STATION AND MARCHED TO THE COTTISH PARLIAMENT WHERE THEY WERE MET BY ANTI FASCIST PROTESTORS , BT GROUPS WERE SEPARATED BY A LARGE POLICE PRESENCE. ''THE SDL HOLD A MINUTES SILENCE FOR DRUMMER LEE RIGBY

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POLICE and Glasgow city council have joined together to quell plans for a parade by the Scottish Defence League through 
Pollokshields.

The march, which was set to take place during Ramadan, was to mark the month of Kriss Donald’s birthday.

In reply to the march ban, the SDL proposed to have a static demonstration at East Pollokshields rail station.

However, despite an increased police presence at the station and several left-wing activists around the area, no one showed up.

A spokesman from Police Scotland said: “The presence of the Scottish Defence League in Glasgow provides a significant risk of serious public disorder breaking out and, as a consequence, serious disruption to the life of the community.

“Police Scotland strongly opposes any proposal for the SDL to hold a procession in Glasgow due to this significant threat to public safety and disorder.

“This threat is heightened by this proposal for a procession within Pollokshields.

“As mentioned, Police Scotland are concerned that this proposal might reasonably be believed to be intended to be provocative to the large Muslim community and as a consequence will provoke a counter demonstration of significant numbers.”

Glasgow city council had the final say on the issue on Thursday, when the public processions committee refused the SDL permission to march.

Pollokshields councillor David Meikle said: “I submitted a formal objection to the council as I strongly believed the march should not be approved — because if it was there would have been an impact on public safety and order as well as disruption to the community in 
Pollokshields.”

The SDL had hoped to walk from the station to Kenmure Street last Saturday, where they would then hold a memorial event for Kriss.

Annmarie O’Donnell, the council’s executive director of corporate services added: “On balance, it is considered that there is a clear risk that if this procession was allowed to proceed, as currently proposed, there would be a high likelihood of public disorder with risks to public safety and extended disruption to the life of the local community.”