Police have given reassurances over public safety ahead of a Bloody Sunday march that will take place in Glasgow city centre this weekend.

Around 200 people are expected to join the West of Scotland Band Alliance in a march through Glasgow on Saturday at 11.30am.

The Republican group say they are marching to commemorate the anniversary of Bloody Sunday.

This month marks almost half a century since the infamous events of 1972 when 14 unarmed civilians were killed by British soldiers during a protest march in Derry.

Loyalist protesters are separated from a Republican parade by police in Glasgow last year

Far-right loyalist group the National Defence League has announced their intentions to disrupt the parade.

The group have called for “all Loyalists” to descend on Glasgow city centre to launch a counter demonstartion.

Police Scotland say that the event will be "comprehensively" policed in a statement ahead of the event.

The National Defence League is calling on Loyalists to take to the streets of Glasgow to protest an Irish Republican march

Chief Superintendent Mark Hargreaves said: “We are aware of a procession planned to take place in Glasgow through the city centre on Saturday, January 25.

“A comprehensive policing and traffic management plan will be in place to ensure all those taking part can do so safely and any disruption to the local community will be minimised.”

Shamrock St, Scott St, West Graham St, Cambridge St, Renfrew St, Renfield St, Jamaica St, Clyde St, Stockwell St, Trongate, Gallowgate, Sydney St.

The Daily Record previously revealed that Police Scotland spent £176k on policing two Republican marches and one Loyalist counter-protest last year.

Around 400 officers from the force were deployed to maintain order at parades organised by Cairde Na Heireann (Calton Republicans) and Friends of the IRPWA in September.

Riot police were deployed in Govan after tensions boiled over between Loyalists and Republicans in August

Despite the huge police presence there were sporadic outbursts of sectarian violence as Loyalist-counter protesters lined the streets during the marches.

The deployment of a large number of officers in September came after riot police had to be sent to the centre of Govan in Glasgow in August after rival factions became locked in a major violent stand-off.

Trouble flared as the James Connolly Republican Flute Band attempted to take part in an "Irish Unity March" around the area only for Loyalists to try to block their parade.

A march in 2008 in Glasgow that was called by Cairde na hEireann (Friends of Ireland) to remember the victims of Bloody Sunday

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