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Three arrested as rivals separated

Three people have been arrested by police who separated rival supporters of the union and independence.

Officers, some mounted on horses, were called to Glasgow's George Square earlier today where they lined up to divide the groups.

A number of people draped in union flags left the area and began spreading on to the nearby streets, with many marching down St Vincent Place as police followed.

They later gathered in George Square again, this time at the top of the square next to Queen Street Station singing Rule Britannia and a flare was let off.

Police formed a human barrier to block off the route to Buchanan Street and contain people in the square.

After 9pm the crowd scattered but smaller groups remained.

A spokeswoman for Police Scotland said investigations were under way which could lead to more arrests.

She said: "Three people have been arrested so far in relation to the incident in George Square. Retrospective inquiries will be carried out which may lead to further arrests."

A small group of people remain at the square, with officers also in attendance, she added.

Roads around the square, which had had hosted pro-independence parties in the days before the referendum, were closed as police dealt with the incident.

Earlier, hundreds of people had crowded into the square, with union supporters and rivals sporting Yes badges arguing over the referendum result, while a chorus of Rule Britannia was countered by the Scottish anthem, Flower of Scotland.


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