West of Scotland people made their feelings known about the latest Israeli attacks on the undefrended Palestinian population of Gaza when they turned out in their thousands to protest in an orderly manner at George Square in Glasgow. Pictures by Muaz Khaled
BBC Scotland is reporting that demonstrators have gathered in Glasgow’s George Square for a pro-Palestinian rally.
Protesters shouted “free Palestine” during what organisers insisted was a peaceful demonstration on Sunday.
It came just hours after the area was cleared of broken glass and debris left by Rangers fans celebrating their club’s Scottish Premiership title.
At least 188 people have been killed in Gaza during seven days of Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A series of pro-Palestinian rallies have been held in cities across the UK and Ireland.
Ahead of the Glasgow rally, civil liberties lawyer Aamer Anwar tweeted that “1000s will gather peacefully with families & no alcohol, to protest the genocide of Palestinians.”
He added: “We demand total respect by policescotland & a facilitation of the democratic right to protest, we will not tolerate any double standards or excuses”.
Police Scotland said an “appropriate policing plan” had been put in place to maintain public safety and minimise any disruption to the community.
Superintendent Emma Croft said: “Under the current restrictions no-one should be gathering in numbers of more than six.
“We will continue to liaise with our partners, to minimise the risk to both our officers and the public. We continue to ask people to take personal responsibility and to use Greater Glasgow safely and respectfully.”