SIX MARCHES across Glasgow, including two planned in Whiteinch, have been banned this weekend.

Glasgow City Council made the announcement last night.

The decision was made after two weekends of violence, with large protests against marches across the city.

A meeting of the city's public processions committee ordered the prohibition of the six marches that had been due to take place over Saturday and Sunday.

A statement read: “The council has always been clear that the law expects it to facilitate public processions; including those that some people oppose or find offensive.

“However, the right to march has to be balanced against the rights of people and communities across Glasgow.

“Today, committee has acted to protect the interests of those communities - taking into account the threat to public safety and the likelihood of widespread disruption and disorder.

“Its decisions follow the recommendations made by the chief executive, having also considered expert evidence on behalf of the Chief Constable of Police Scotland.

“The city has already witnessed an unacceptable level of disruption and disorder associated with parades and counter-protests in recent weeks.

“It is clear, both from the intelligence gathered by police and the tone of comments made by supporters and protestors, that tensions are high, and the situation threatens to deteriorate further.

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“The council directly appeals to those who would have taken part in these marches, or who planned to mount protests against them, to comply with the orders made and not bring further disruption to city streets.”

On Saturday, Bridgeton Protestant Boys Flute Band, Pride of the North Flute Band, Republican Network for Unity, and Whiteinch Orange and Purple District No 7 were due to march, and on Sunday, Partick Orange and Purple District 15.

The organiser and any participants must not carry out the planned events by law.