Placards left by protesters at the anti-racism demonstration in Glasgow Green are to be preserved to be displayed in the future.

The council confirmed it has kept many of the hundreds of home made, hand painted signs that were left at the monument in the Green for “future use”.

Labour and SNP politicians had joined to call for a lasting reminder of the Black Lives Matter protest.

A group, including councillors and MSPs, asked the council to preserve the placards.

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They wrote to council chief executive, Annemarie O’Donnell and council leader, Susan Aitken, asking for the placards to be covered in clear hard plastic to be preserved and visible to the public.

The letter stated: “Hundreds turned up, marched, spoke, cried, knelt in solidarity with black people everywhere.

“When they came, they brought with them placards expressing their support and that Black Lives Matter.

“When they left, they laid down those placards as a sign of lasting respect.

“We are writing today to ask that you memorialise this moment by preserving the signs under solid, clear surface, that can be walked upon.

“We believe that by doing so would create a lasting monument to the passion and solidarity shown in Glasgow today.”

The letter was co-ordinated by Labour Glasgow north candidate, Pam Duncan-Glancy.

Alison Thewliss, SNP Glasgow Central MP, Anas Sarwar, Labour Glasgow MSP, SNP councillors Jen Layden, and Graham Campbell and Labour councillors Eva Murray, Aileen McKenzie and Maggie McTernan all signed the letter asking for a permanent display to mark the occasion.

Ms Aitken later said those placards that could salvaged were.

She added: “As many as possible have been (some were unsalvageable) and are being kept safe just now.

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“We’ll identify a space that can be their future home.”

A spokesman for Glasgow City Council said “Placards from the Black Lives Matter protest on Glasgow Green have been retained for future use.

“We were concerned that placards would be permanently damaged by the rain that is forecast and so these placards are now in storage.

“As part of the wider conversation on the city’s past that is currently underway, we will look to determine how the placards can be appropriately displayed in future.”