The Merchant City and Trongate Community Council (MCTCC) condemns outright the racist violent behaviour seen on George Square last night (17th June) from members of the far-right National Defence League and we applaud the presence and actions of the police who kept our residents safe. We also praise the asylum seekers’ demonstration for its positive message and common sense in quietly removing themselves from danger with the help of the police.
We have had several messages from residents who were too afraid to leave their homes because of the scenes they saw on TV. As the community council of the area, we shall be approaching our four councillors, among them the Lord Provost, regarding permission to use the Square for demonstrations especially during this time of the coronavirus. We have also sent a message of thanks to our police without whom what happened on George Square would have descended into violent anarchy.
Dr Duncan MacLaren