An honest, first hand account of what has been happening in Glasgow, Scotland.
I’ve spent the last few nights in George Square with my friends, taking photos and enjoying the atmosphere but tonight I was shocked and disgusted by the un-provoked, aggressive behaviour and violence of some people.
On Wednesday night, there was a party. It was an energetic, well-spirited night. Thousands of people came together to celebrate the referendum and being Scottish. The entire thing was peaceful and there was at least triple the amount of people in comparison to tonight, yet there were almost no cameras and I didn’t see any media coverage.
The morning that the final result of the referendum was announced a few Yes voters, feeling sombre, came together in the square to share their sadness, but also their optimism at the prospects of future change. They were playing music and sharing stories. No voters were joining in and again it was very peaceful and friendly, everyone just wanting what is best for their country.
Then Friday night happened. What happened tonight does not represent the No/Yes voters at all. This was a mob. Not as large a mob that the media have painted but a mob all the same. Me and some friends went for some food, and came back to George Square at about 6pm to take photos, expecting more peaceful events but what we found was a very different atmosphere and the people from before, including children and musicians, had left after apparently being attacked with fireworks(I didn’t see this, someone told me later on so it might not be true). A small angry mob had gathered on the square. Unionists. They stood gloating over their victory, and walked the square intimidating everyone else, singing, chanting and making Nazi salutes. We just wanted to observe, standing opposite to the unionists, but we quickly realised they were surrounding us and a small group of Yes voters and being very aggressive. We got pressed in, a Union Jack flag was pushed into our backs and one of the men started screaming “Round them up! Round them up!”, it was pretty terrifying, we got out of the crowd and stood at the edge of the square watching but it became pretty obvious that Yes voters were outnumbered and anyone wearing anything remotely resembling the Saltire was a target. We took off our Yes badges and my friend even had to take off his blue checked shirt because he was being pushed around. Most of the Yes campaigners left after a while and the Square just became a mob of aggressive Unionists, surrounded by press. The media, were deplorable, they were chasing the crowd, giving them all the attention they possibly could. Vultures, feeding on the stupidity taking place. The mob loved the attention and kept their aggression on a high. They began to move off the Square and round to Buchanan Street, pushing Police Officers that tried to keep them in the Square and scaring the horses. At this point we left, I don’t know what happened after that but I’ve heard that there has been quite a bit of violence.
I’ve lived in Glasgow for two years now and I love the city so much. It’s a peaceful, welcoming city yet what happened tonight is what the media have decided to report on. These people do not represent No voters. I’m disappointed and angry at the media for ignoring the number peaceful events in George Square over the past few days but flocking to the only one time that something remotely violent has happened.
The Police did an incredible job. They were calm and brave, managing the crowd and preventing a full scale riot. I have a great amount of respect for them after witnessing how they dealt with tonight.
These are some photos taken by Stuart McAlinden, Jordan McClymont and myself(Emma Dempsey) in George Square over the past few days.
Things I can not wait for:
- The rest of the UK (namely England) to be blamed for the Scottish riots.
- A call for a second vote.
- People somehow missing the fact that ‘nationalistic pride’ is not a good foundation for a country and that Spain and France were planning on cockblocking Scotland’s potential membership to the EU.
- Ignoring the fact that young folks were the target of the yes vote, just like with UKIP /uncomfortable.
- Ignoring that idiots want any excuse to riot.
this is what is going on in scotland right now.
dont ignore this.
there is NO coverage of the rioting on the news which is why its so important that you dont ignore this.
please stay safe if you live in scotland.
my partner actually went to the yes rally in george square a couple days ago and said the no guys were indeed doing nazi salutes
we are not making this up there’s video and photographic proof of neo nazi attacks
please educate yourselves and if you’re in Scotland keep yourselves safe