Palestine Peaceful Protests vs Rangers Riots

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By Caitlin Macdonald

As Rangers won their 55th Scottish Premiership title, there was understandably some very happy fans after being unbeaten for 38 games throughout the season. As we are still in level 3 of restrictions in Scotland there wasn’t many ways to celebrate it. So, fans took to the streets and to George Square to riot and cause chaos in celebration on Saturday. It got so out of hand riot police were sent in to calm down the storm that was brewing in the city centre of Glasgow.

Lots of backlash followed this with angry scots sharing their disbelief that people could be so irresponsible and disrespectful to others during a pandemic, especially when Glasgow is one of the few places with too many cases to be able to move down a level unlike the rest of the country.

Nicola Sturgeon shared her views on twitter by saying: “1/ I’m understandably inundated with messages about y’day’s disgraceful scenes in Glasgow. Police still have a job to do, which restrains my comments to some extent but to say I am utterly disgusted by the Rangers fans who rampaged through the city would be an understatement….”

She continued: “2/ I’m also angry on behalf of every law-abiding citizen. In normal times, the violence and vandalism, and the vile anti Catholic prejudice that was on display, would have been utterly unacceptable. But mid-pandemic, in a city with cases on the rise, it was also selfish beyond belief.”

The First Minister continued for three more points to emphasise her annoyance towards the Rangers supporters that joined in with the crowds.

On Sunday, hundreds gathered in Glasgow’s George Square for a pro-Palestine rally. Activists made their way to the city centre after the event was posted on a website advertising the protest. The post said: “On Sunday 16th of May, we are going to have a peaceful protest to our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Palestine.”

The post continued with: “The reason for our protest is simple. In the holy month of Ramadan, while fasting and dedicating their time to pray and worship God, the Palestinian families have been under constant attack by the Israeli government. This has been going on for too long and its time we stand up for the innocent.”

“We are here to stand up for them and stand up for injustice in this world.”

Some Tik Tok users decided to share their thoughts about how the two events are similar and both were essential gatherings by commenting on a video of the Palestine protest.

One user said: “See if you don’t like how us Glaswegians celebrate our culture aka having party’s when our teams win then move to Edinburgh or Aberdeen or Dundee.”

Another posted: “Pot calling kettle black. Look at them spreading covid and had the cheek to talk about Rangers, shocking”.

Others shared their support for the protest: “Good to see Glasgow City Centre being reclaimed as a cause for good after the disgusting display yesterday.”

Is it fair to compare the two events? No. One was a blatant disregard for all other citizens of Glasgow, and one was an organised walk with masks for a good cause.

This weekend really showed just how selfish people are with some comparing a protest in aid to help a country that is facing a lot of trouble currently with Rangers fans singing, dancing and fighting in the street.

We do need to make sure we are staying safe; we are still in a pandemic, and it doesn’t look like Glasgow will be seeing any changes anytime soon. We need to think of each other and stay cautious so we can all enjoy our summer and get things back to normal. Even if that means celebrating safely whilst following the current restrictions.

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