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Police may reroute city march for fear of disorder

A MARCH to commemorate the events of Bloody Sunday in Northern Ireland 42 years ago faces being rerouted by police amid fears of counterdemonstrations and disorder.

Police Scotland has warned the plans by Irish Republican groups to parade past the Cenotaph in Glasgow city centre created a "significant risk to public safety", with a rival protest planned by Loyalists.

The city council will now meet next week to decide whether to impose a change of time or an alternative route on the parade, scheduled for Sunday, January 26 and organised by the West of Scotland Bands Alliance.

A report on the matter states: "There is clear written evidence that a counter demonstration against this procession will be mounted. What is not clear is the extent and size of this demonstration and whether any attempt will be made to disrupt the procession."

The counter-protest is being arranged by a recently-formed militant Loyalist group called the Regimental Blues, which met with Police Scotland about its plans on Wednesday.

A statement on its Facebook page reads: "We are now at the last chance saloon with this and at a stand-off until a final decision is made."

Meanwhile, it has emerged that the council has forwarded a petition by the Regimental Blues regarding a senior authority official to Police Scotland.

A spokesman claimed many comments on the petition were abusive and threatening.

No one from West of Scotland Bands was available.

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