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Six Arrested After Violence At Pro-Unionist Rally In Glasgow

Police were called to disperse an angry standoff in Glasgow’s George Square.

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The situation on Friday was tense, as the pro-union section of the crowd chanted "Rule Britannia".

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The event felt more like a football match than a political march, and several individuals on the unionist side wore clothing relating to Rangers Football Club. Some scuffles broke out as unionist supporters attempted to reach the Yes supporters in the square, who were smaller in number.

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fight breaks out. Whole square runs over chanting and shouting and singing Rule Britannia. Nasty business. And not about referendum.

Jess Brammar@jessbrammar

fight breaks out. Whole square runs over chanting and shouting and singing Rule Britannia. Nasty business. And not about referendum.

7:53 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Some Yes voters in the square were separated from the unionist group by police.

I'm in George Sq. Helicopter low and car windows smashed in St Vincent Pl. Fire truck & police horses in attendance

RetroScot@RetroScot

I'm in George Sq. Helicopter low and car windows smashed in St Vincent Pl. Fire truck & police horses in attendance

6:51 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Police helicopters are up over George Square as union supporters turn up

Laura Kuenssberg@bbclaurak

Police helicopters are up over George Square as union supporters turn up

6:49 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Pro-unionists were gathering in the square during the day.

Union rally in George Square, Glasgow. #indyref

Peter A Smith@PeterAdamSmith

Union rally in George Square, Glasgow. #indyref

5:50 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Details of the meeting were shared on the Facebook page of the far-right party Britain First, although the party claims it did not instigate it.

Dozens of cars with Union Jacks from their windows are heading for George Square. Roads closed so traffic-jam party

Debi Edward@EdwardDebi

Dozens of cars with Union Jacks from their windows are heading for George Square. Roads closed so traffic-jam party

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Shortly before, on Thursday night, Yes voters had been revelling in the square, and mourning the result once it was announced.

George Square now a very different one from the peaceful one I reported on earlier

Libby Brooks@libby_brooks

George Square now a very different one from the peaceful one I reported on earlier

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There were many claims on social media that the pro-union protesters were using Nazi salutes.

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And this is George Square in Glasgow right now Friday 7pm: nazi salutes, jeering and threats #indyref

NeilMackay@NeilMackay

And this is George Square in Glasgow right now Friday 7pm: nazi salutes, jeering and threats #indyref

6:52 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Many of the pro-union supporters displayed Rangers FC-related banners.

This is probably not what the Queen meant when she said to "think very carefully"

Jim Waterson@jimwaterson

This is probably not what the Queen meant when she said to "think very carefully"

8:23 PM - 19 Sep 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The majority of Yes supporters left the area by sunset but a small group remained. BuzzFeed News saw multiple individuals pushed to the ground and kicked as police attempted to hold the two sides apart.

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Anti-independence songs were chanted.

"can ye hear Alex salmond sing" / "stick yer independence up yer arse"

Jim Waterson@jimwaterson

"can ye hear Alex salmond sing" / "stick yer independence up yer arse"

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Red smoke bombs flew over police lines outside Glasgow Queen Street railway station.

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But police just about kept the the area under control after deploying substantial numbers of officers and mounted police.

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The disturbance then spread on to nearby Buchanan Street, one of Glasgow's main shopping districts. Although many of the pro-union individuals appeared to be looking for a fight, there were few Yes supporters for them to attack.

At 10pm on Friday night police horses were working hard to keep the sides apart but largely succeeding.

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Six people were eventually arrested, ITV News reported.