THE leader of Glasgow City Council has hit out at "far-right wing bams" plotting a lockdown protest this weekend.

As we reported yesterday, two "mass gatherings" have been organised by the UK Freedom Movement to take place in Glasgow Green and Queen's Park on Saturday.

There are similar posters encouraging gatherings in Edinburgh parks and elsewhere around the UK.

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In response, Susan Aitken tweeted: "The divisive politics and the sheer, selfish stupidity of these far-right wing bams are not welcome in Glasgow.

"Steer well clear, folks, let the police handle it."

Some users took great delight in Ms Aitken's tweet, with one writing: "Glad to have a leader who calls out their politics clearly and unambiguously, Susan." 

However, others accused the Langside councillor of using "inappropriate language" as the leader of Scotland's largest local authority. 

Police Scotland has strongly urged residents not to attend the "mass gatherings" and have been made aware of leaflets circulating online.

Glasgow Times:

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We have been made aware of this leaflet and would strongly urge people not to take part in this.

"Public gatherings of more than two people, with limited exceptions, are prohibited."

Local councillor Mhairi Hunter said Queen's Park is a vital amenity for families and locals and urged protestors to stay away.

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She said: "Queen's Park is much loved by people living in the communities surrounding it and it's particularly important just now during lockdown, providing a much-needed green space for people and families to exercise and spend time outdoors safely.

"I recognise the right to protest, but I very much hope that anybody thinking of joining this demonstration will heed the warning from the police that public gatherings are not permitted at this time because they are not safe."