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What is Action on Sectarianism?

YouthLink Scotland, the National Agency for Youth Work has set up the first independent public website designed to challenge sectarianism in Scotland, supported by the Scottish Government.

Accessible on computers, tablets and mobile phones, this website will act as a central gateway to information and resources tackle sectarianism in Scotland by providing tailored user access to four distinct target groups:

Children and Young people

Adults: parents, carers, community groups

AoS Network: teachers, youth workers, academics, policy officers, community activists

STV News has reported that future Orange Order marches in Glasgow could face being banned or more restrictions following footage which showed onlookers chanting a sectarian song.

The council have warned of the potential ban and restrictions after Police Scotland launched an investigation into the incident.

The footage was published online showing people in the crowd singing the Famine Song, while a band played along. 

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said: "The European Convention on Human Rights enshrines the rights to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression.

"However, these rights are not absolute. They must be balanced by the responsibility to ensure the rights of others are not infringed.

"As with all public processions, there will be a debrief involving Police Scotland, the organiser and the council." 

He added: "The council will take into account any issues of public disorder, antisocial behaviour or damage to property resulting from the procession.

"It will also take into consideration any evidenced issues and, if a future procession notification is received from the organiser, the likelihood of any restriction or prohibition may be greater."

The song which is usuall sung along to the tune of the Beach Boys' Sloop John B, was ruled racist by a Scottish court. 

Chief superintendent Brian McInulty of Police Scotland said: "Saturday's policing operation primarily focused on the safety of the public during the parades.

"Police Scotland, however, operates a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to any form of sectarian abuse and will fully investigate any incidents brought to their attention."

Read the full article at: https://stv.tv/news/west-central/1392797-orange-marches-could-face-ban-amid-sectarianism-probe/ 

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