Violence Erupts In Scotland After ‘No’ Independence Vote (PHOTO, VIDEO)

Violence Erupts In Scotland After ‘No’ Independence Vote (PHOTO, VIDEO)

By Idoreyin Sampson | Sub-Editor on September 20, 2014
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Two jockeys at the Musselburgh Racecourse in Edinburgh. | Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images

When Scotland decided to stay in the union voting ‘No’ with 55 percent, British unionists took to the streets of Glasgow celebrating Scotland’s decision to stay in the UK. But the rally soon descended into violent clashes, with at least 6 people arrested, RT reports.

A police spokesman said: “Six people have been arrested so far in relation to the incident in George Square. Retrospective inquiries will be carried out, which may lead to further arrests.”

There were about 100 people in each group, a police spokesman said. But then ‘Yes’ supporters started leaving the square, which became dominated by unionists. However, other sources said that there were several hundred activists from both sides.

According to RT, The supporters of the ‘No’ campaign set off red-colored fire crackers and waved Union Jack flags, singing ‘Rule Britannia’, ‘You Let Your Country Down’ and ‘Can You Hear the Yes Campaign?’ they carried banners associated with the pro-Union Protestant Orange Order. They reportedly let off flares in George Square.

A police horse rears up as pro-union protestors clash with pro-independence protestors during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014 (Reuters / Cathal McNaughton )
A police horse rears up as pro-union protestors clash with pro-independence protestors during a demonstration at George Square in Glasgow, Scotland September 19, 2014 (Reuters / Cathal McNaughton )

On the other side of the square there were campaigners for Scottish Independence.

“We will never surrender,” read a pro-independence sign. The pro demonstrators were reportedly singing the Scottish anthem “Flower of Scotland.”

The unionists then started clashing with pro-Independence supporters. With tensions high, police tried to keep the opposing political forces apart.

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