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Police cancel protest march to Gleneagles

6 July 2005

The BBC this morning reports that the police have cancelled a planned march to Gleneagles due to start in Auchterarder at 1pm today "amid fears for public safety". Organisers have said the march will go ahead regardless, citing people's democratic right to protest.

The Daily Mail predictably reports today's developments, following news of overnight violence in Stirling, as a result of "masked hooligans" conducting "running battles" with police in "the second outbreak of serious violence" since the G8 protests began. However, others view the cancellation of the key G8 alternatives march on the opening day of the summit as the culmination of police pressure and heavy handedness that began at Saturday's Make Poverty History rally, and escalated through the week. See these eyewitness accounts from Monday's Carnival for Full Enjoyment. Red Pepper's Make the G8 history blog also carries an eyewitness account from yesterday's protest at Dungavel detention centre where the Scottish Socialist Party's Carolyn Leckie was charged after refusing to let police search her handbag.

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