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2014 Scottish independence referendum

Supporters clash

20 Sep, 2014

Supporters of the Yes and No campaigns clash in Glasgow’s George Square, with the pro-union supporters eventually becoming unruly, resulting in 10 arrests by police. A standoff develops around 6 p.m. (1 p.m. EDT) between a crowd waving Union Jacks and ‘No Thanks’ banners, and Yes supporters, who have regularly held rallies in the square in previous days. The No supporters include men, women and children carrying banners associated with Orange Lodges in Glasgow who say they are there to celebrate the ‘saving of the Union.’ However parts of the crowd begin singing sectarian football-style songs and chants. The two groups are initially separated by a police cordon. Pro-union chants:

We love Scotland more than you

Alex Salmond is a w*nker

You let your country down

The Yes campaigners disperse but the No crowd grows to around 500 people and a sudden surge appears to break police control, allowing the crowd to spill onto St. Vincent Street and then up Buchanan Street. Police make around 10 arrests by 8:30 p.m. (3:30 p.m. EDT.)