A further two parades by Irish Unity organisations have been arranged for this weekend following last week's march by the James Connolly Republican Flute Band sparking concerns of a counter-protest. 

It comes following violent scenes across Glasgow on Friday. 

Around 100 people will set off for a procession in the East End before the Friends of the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association march through the city centre from 3pm. 

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Organisers from the second march, run by Friends Of IRPWA Scotland, have now spoken out ahead of Saturday's event. 

Posting on Facebook on Friday, the group praised members of the Irish Unity organisations involved in the parade for their "strength and resilience in the face of severe provocation". 

They added: "Loyalist bigots were a good couple of blocks away from where the march was starting. As the march began, participants were pushed back by riot police. We were then told we were being kept in park until they had cleared the road of loyalists, which took them well over an hour.

"To their credit, the organisers decided to reroute in the opposite direction as standing in the park meant the loyalists would have succeeded in their objective of stopping the march. While we were kettled in loyalist mobs ran rampage with police and tried to attack a pub frequented by republicans. 

"We would like to commend the organisers for their strength and resilience in the face of severe provocation by loyalists and the State Forces.


This is an indication of the intensification of right-wing bigots attempts to attack Republican events in the city. Saoradh and Friends of IRPWA in Scotland will not be intimidated by these backward thinking people, and re-commit ourselves to taking to the streets of Glasgow in support of Republican objectives and Republican Prisoners.

The fightback begins next Saturday, September 7, at the IRPWA Anti Internment March. In light of tonight's events, it is imperative that all Republicans attend and show loyalists that Glasgow is our city and they will not dictate where we go and when."

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There are now fears that another counter-protest could be held by loyalist groups in Glasgow.  

Saturday's 3pm march is not the only this weekend drawing controversy. 

A public processions committee meeting at Glasgow City Council was also held after police raised concerns about the Calton Republicans event on September 7. 

Those in charge had come under fire for including the Sean McIlvenna Republican Flute Band in the demonstration, but did not agree to the removal of the band from the parade, unlike the James Connolly Flute band last week. 

Screenshots of a Facebook post by the band in question were handed to police following disruption at a parade in July.

Police say the post - which reads "we are an IRA BAND NAMED AFTER A IRA VOLUNTEER" - shows "overt" support for a terrorist organisation.

However, Calton Republicans did agree to a re-routing away from St Mary’s Church and a shorter route amid concerns about a protest, with police saying as many as 200 officers could be required.  

The concerns stemmed from a facebook post on the band's website after disruption at a parade in July.