Two people have been arrested and a police officer injured during a republican march in Scotland. Hundreds of people took part in the procession commemorating Bloody Sunday through the city this afternoon, with a counter-protest also taking place. One officer suffered injuries as a result of missiles being thrown and two people were arrested for “minor disorder offences”.
Chief Superintendent Mark Hargreaves said: “We can confirm that the procession concluded at its destination shortly after 1pm without significant incident.
“Officers dealt with minor disorder, including missiles being thrown, which resulted in minor injury to a police officer.
“The procession was stopped a number of times as a result of protest activity to mitigate any further incidents, ensure the safety of all persons involved, and the wider community.
“Two people have been arrested for minor disorder offences.”
The march to remember those who lost their lives was organised by the West of Scotland Band Alliance and set off at 11am.
There was a large police presence to prevent disturbances and the procession was paused on several occasions.
Bloody Sunday saw British soldiers shoot 28 unarmed civilians during a protest march against internment in Derry, Northern Ireland, on January 30 1972, resulting in 14 people dying.
Bloody Sunday was one of the most significant events of the Troubles because many civilians were killed by forces of the state, in full view of the public and the media.
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Another former soldier said: “It’s not just about one individual, it’s about many individuals and about the future.
“It’s not just about Northern Ireland but any conflict we’ve been involved in and could be involved in.”
The 47-year-old, who served in the Army between 1990 and 1998, added: “Why should we, when we’re following orders, face prosecution?”
His friend, 58, who served in Northern Ireland in the Navy in the 1990s, said: “What really gets me is that they’ve brought back Diplock courts – Soldier F is facing trial by a single judge without a jury and no-one should ever be tried without a jury.
Soldier F, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is the only person from the 1st Battalion Parachute Regiment ever to be tried for the deaths of 13 civil rights protesters and one passerby in Londonderry in 1972.
The event was called Bloody Sunday by the papers when news of it broke.