Watch live: Glasgow protest challenges Tories attempts to form “coalition of chaos” with DUP


Protests springing up around Scotland and the UK against coalition with hard right unionist party

GLASGOW’s George Square will be the scene of protest today (15 June), as Scots protest against the prospect of a “coalition of chaos” between a badly weakened Tory party and the hard-right DUP.

The prospect of a lash-up between the Tories and the hardline unionist Northern Ireland party comes after Prime Minister Theresa May lost her majority in the General Election on 8 June.

An alliance between the DUP and the Tories would create a slim working majority in the House of Commons of just a few seats, and would be vulnerable to back bench rebellions in an increasingly divided Conservative party.

The coalition would give the DUP, a party born from the violence of the Troubles and sectarian religious fundamentalism, substantial power over wide areas of policy, including in Northern Ireland where some, including former Tory prime minister John Major, have warned they could disrupt the peace process.

A statement from the organisers reads: “The elections results have shown that Theresa May’s government is far from being strong and stable! She thought she would get a stronger majority but her campaign was a disaster and the manifesto revealed the Tories’ commitment to continue crushing ordinary people.

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“The Tories have no mandate to give these awful people a place in the governance of the UK. No to the Bad Friday Agreement – yes to real democracy.”

Speakers at the protest will include Han Deacon of the Scottish Irish Abortion Campaign, Penny Cole of Frackwatch Glasgow, Lynn Sheridan – Unison University branch equality officer ( in a personal capacity) and David Semple from the PCS union.

Protests against any Tory-DUP deal are being organised around Scotland and the UK, as negotiations continue between the two parties.

On 24 June an all Scotland protest will be held at the top of Buchanan street in Glasgow.

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Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party wiped-out a poll lead of over 20 points during the election campaign, leaving May to hold on to office by her finger-tips.

There is currently no power sharing government in Northern Ireland, as relations between the DUP and and the republican party Sinn Fein have broken down. The ability of the DUP to govern Northern Ireland from Westminster, a parliament rejected by republicans, could prove a serious impediment to the peace process. Opposition politicians have taken to calling plans for a Tory-DUP deal a “coalition of chaos” – a phrase used by May during the election campaign to characterise a prospective Labour-SNP deal.

The protest will take place between 6pm and 8pm and will begin with a moment’s silence for those killed at the fire at Grenfell Tower fire.

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