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Glasgow – George Square

October 22, 2012

George Square

George Square, one of the most imp0rtant historic sites in Glasgow, is under threat.

This historic square has long been the site of demonstrations in favour of real working people, as it was again on Saturday.

Back in 1919, there was damn near a battle there, as men and women, some of them veterans of the Great War trenches, protested at unemployment, cuts and unfair working conditions.

The then Prime Minister, David Lloyd George, stationed Lewis Guns and even a howitzer near to the Square ready to fire on people protesting against appalling conditions. The whole event is worth seeking out information about – much can be found online, and it has a relevance to contemporary events.

Now Glasgow City Council wants to redevelop the Square, taking away the old statues, which are of great interest.

They want to ban demonstrations – though George Square has been a focus point for protests for generations.

These changes should not just concern Glaswegians – they are a matter of concern for all of us!

George Square Protest Poster

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sean Brogan permalink
    October 22, 2012 7:08 pm

    These are testing times for all – is Glasgow not cotrolled by Labour – not that they are any different!

  2. October 23, 2012 7:07 am

    I am always in opposition to whichever party rules. These people forget their roots.

  3. October 23, 2012 5:21 pm

    That’s absolutely horrendous – it’s a lovely place. I used to sunbathe there while I waited for train connections – it was always full of folks enjoying themselves and behaving peacefully.

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