Police praise protest marchers’ behaviour

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An Irish republican march passed off peacefully on Saturday as police praised the behaviour of those taking part.

It was the second time that Cairde Na hEireann, a Glasgow-based organisation that describes itself as the national framework for republicans living in Scotland, has held a procession through the streets of Denny.

It was organised by members of its central Scotland branch and was described as a protest against “state collusion”.

Around 400 assembled in Glasgow Road before proceeding along a previously agreed route that took in Nethermains Road, Stirling Street and ended at Herbertshire Castle Park in Dunipace, where marchers gathered to hear short speeches from the organisers.

The procession was led by members of the Coatbridge Republican, Plean and James Connolly 1st Republican flute bands.

Around two dozen objectors to the procession gathered at the junction between Stirling Street and Nethermains Road, but there were no confrontations.

Central Scotland Police estimated that around 400 people took part in the march and said there were no arrests.

Chief Inspector Gordon Taylor said: “The event passed with no major incident and I praise those who took part for their behaviour.”

Cairde Na hEireann marched through Denny in April last year, an event which was described as a protest against anti-Irish racism.