Glasgow Orange Walk is expected to pass the church where a priest was spat on

AN Orange Walk is expected to pass a church in Glasgow where a priest was spat at.

The march is due to take place on Sunday morning and passes St Alphonsus RC Church on London Road in the Calton area of ​​the city.


An orange march is due to pass St Alphonsus RC Church in Glasgow on SundayCredit: Tom Farmer – The Sun Glasgow
Father Thomas White was spat on as he stood outside the church four years ago


Father Thomas White was spat on as he stood outside the church four years agoCredit: PA

Canon Thomas White was spat at while standing outside his church on July 7, 2018.

Bradley Wallace has been hacked and jailed for 10 months following the shocking incident.

Orange and Purple District 37, based in Bridgeton, will host two parades on Sunday.

The morning procession will start at 10am, with the march beginning on Main Street before passing through Bridgeton Cross, London Road, Glasgow Cross, High Street, Castle Street and ending at Cathedral Square.

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The second march will begin at 12:30 p.m. and around sixty people are expected to attend the parades in the city center.

The march was criticized by activists and there were calls for a “silent protest” to oppose the march.

On Tuesday, Call It Out, which campaigns against anti-Catholic bigotry and anti-Irish racism in Scotland, tweeted: ‘We are sorry to say there will be a procession of anti-Catholic marchers past St Alphonsus RC on London Road on Sunday March 27 (next Sunday) just after 10 a.m. We call on our community and all progressives to join us in silent protest in opposition.

A tweet from the group last night read: “The local parish and the IOC have engaged extensively with @GlasgowCC to resolve this situation but to no avail. As of tonight we can confirm the vigil will continue on Sunday morning.”

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Wallace was arrested after police took the garment worn by Canon White at the time for forensic analysis.

Weeks later, a DNA hit matching Wallace was discovered with the saliva found on the back of his garment.

Officers also found Wallace’s Facebook page with photos of him waving an English flag with a Union Jack flag in the corner, with the words ‘Bridgeton Loyal’ inscribed across the front.

Sentencing Wallace, Sheriff Andrew Cubie told him, “How does a 24-year-old not know how to behave? You made the decision to spit on a priest.

“It is disgusting and was designed to humiliate him and others around him and this incident is motivated by religious bias.

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“A custodial sentence is unavoidable here.”

The 130th Glasgow Company, The Boys’ Brigade will also hold a march through the city on Sunday, with the march starting at 11.35am.

Chief Superintendent Stephen Dolan said: “Police Scotland is a rights-based organization that places our values ​​of integrity, fairness, respect and a commitment to defending human rights at the heart of everything we do. we do.

“This means that we are committed to supporting the human rights of individuals and groups who wish to assemble, balanced with the rights of the wider community and ensuring the safety of all involved.

“We ask everyone who attends the District 37 Purple and Orange Procession, as a participant or supporter, to do so in a safe, responsible and respectful manner.

“Our police operation will be focused on public safety and will do everything we can with partners to reduce disruption in the wider community.

“We are aware that there may be people who wish to demonstrate on the same day against particular places where the processions will pass.

“We continue to work with these groups to ensure their rights are protected and again urge everyone to show tolerance and respect the rights of others.”

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A spokesperson for Glasgow City Council said: “There are limited grounds on which a local authority may step in to impose conditions on a public procession, under the Civic Government Scotland Act. Broadly speaking, this would require the council to have evidence of a likelihood of public disorder, anti-social behavior or significant community disruption.

“We have worked closely with Police Scotland in relation to the procession which is due to take place on Sunday and we have no evidence that these grounds, set out in law, have been triggered.”

Martha J. Finley