Arrests in Glasgow after referendum rallies
Trouble flared after Unionist supporters fired a flare and charged the opposition
Pro-union protestors wave union flags during a demonstration at George Square. Photograph: Cathal MacNaughton/Reuters
A slogan written by Unionists in George Square, Glasgow, yesterday. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
Police stand in front of Unionists gathered in George Square, Glasgow, last night. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
A policeman raises his baton during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow, last night. Photograph: Cathal McNaughton/Reuters
Six people have been arrested after trouble flared in Glasgow city centre last night following the referendum result.
Crowds gathered in George Square last night as police separated rival supporters of the union and independence.
Earlier in the evening, hundreds of people had crowded into the square, with union supporters and rivals sporting Yes badges arguing over the referendum result, while a chorus of Rule Britannia was countered by the Scottish anthem, Flower of Scotland.
Channel Four reporter Alex Thomson described the scene as pro-Union supporters made their voices heard.
“Chants of ‘Ten German Bombers’, ‘Rule Britannia’ and ‘God Save The Queen’ (the latter with what many would interpret as a Nazi-style salute) rang out to the utter bemusement of onlookers.”
Police officers, some mounted on horses, lined up to divide the groups.
A number of people draped in union flags left the area and began spreading on to the nearby streets, with many marching down St Vincent Place as police followed.
They later gathered in George Square again, this time at the top of the square next to Queen Street Station singing Rule Britannia and a flare was let off.
Police formed a human barrier to block off the route to Buchanan Street and contain people in the square.
Roads around the square, which had had hosted pro-independence parties in the days before the referendum, were closed as police dealt with the incident.
Elsewhere police said they were investigating a fire at an electrical substation in the city.
A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Officers are still investigating the cause.”
It was understood to be at the rear of the Herald office, but Mr Coates warned people speculating on the cause of the fire not to assume it was started by vandals targeting the paper for coming out in favour of Scottish independence.
“Don’t jump to conclusions based on the picture I tweeted: no reason to suspect The Herald Group targeted by these vandals,” he tweeted.