Jim McHarg, Grand Master of the Orange Lodge of Scotland said,
“This week, the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, Glasgow County Grand Lodge, together with Scottish Protestants Against Discrimination (SPAD), and the Apprentice Boys of Derry) met with the Chief Executive of Glasgow City Council and the Police Scotland Divisional Commander for Glasgow to discuss recent issues around parading. This meeting was open and honest and we are hopeful that we can make further progress over the coming weeks.
“In the meantime, all parties are united in wanting to see a de-escalation of tensions in our communities. Our city has a rich history and heritage, and is home to people of many different faiths. Whilst we look to continue our discussions with city officials around parading, we would ask our members to continue to conduct themselves with dignity, discipline and respect. We were not part of the violent disorder that marred our city a few weeks ago, and we would encourage other groups to show the same calm and restraint that we have. Glasgow is our home, the streets belong to us all, and we look after it.
“Finally, as we continue to work diligently behind the scenes asking for our rights of free assembly to be upheld, and our right to parade peacefully, we should ensure that we show this same respect to other legal, peaceful organisations or groups. If we all show a mutual respect to each other, we can all continue to promote our own faith, culture and heritage in our great city.”
Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.
County Grand Lodge of Glasgow.
Apprentice Boys of Derry Scottish Amalgamated Committee.
Scottish Protestants Against Discrimination.