MORE than two-thirds of Evening Times readers oppose the re-routing of marches by Loyal Order organisations in Glasgow, an online poll shows. 

In a vote on the newspaper's website, only 31 per cent of the public felt that processions such as these should be re-directed away from Catholic churches. 

An overwhelming majority, 69 per cent, felt that re-routing of these was unnecessary. 

This news comes after it was revealed that a procession wasy members of Glasgow's Royal Black Preceptory No.288 group were given the green light to past St Mary's RC Church on Saturday.

Although the permission has since been withdrawn, campaigners criticised the decision to allow the route, stating that it was "exactly the same as a far-right group going past a synagogue or mosque". 

Council representatives have said that when consulting with Police Scotland officers raised no objections with the route. 

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Marching past St Mary's RC Church is particularly problematic given its proximity to St Alphonsus', in Calton, where a supporter of an Orange Order march assaulted Canon Tom White. 

St Mary's RC is one of the other churches looked after by the Canon. 

Members of the public have now weighed in on the debate, with less of an overwhelming backing given to the marchers. 

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Doug Fieger wrote: "It has been stated many times and by many people on these forums, that there is no need for any marches to be on our roads.

"Any organisation that wishes to hold a lawful assembly can do so in a hall, in a park, in a stadium, on a farm or in big Jimmy's hoose, so long as they have permission to do so and can properly look after those participating and those that choose to be spectators."

Joanne Easton added: "Ban all religious marches. There's absolutely no need for it today."

Nicola Jauncey said: "What a lot of nonsense, why change something that been happening for years and years!"

Gill Williams has another solution to the potential problem. 

She said: "Shouldn't go through cities. Do what Liverpool have done - stop them in city centre make them March in a town a few miles away, stops trouble and congestion of city centre."

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