27 January 2005 Edition

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Irish Celtic fans attacked

Coaches carrying Celtic fans returning from Parkhead last Saturday were attacked by loyalists who had gathered to protest against a Bloody Sunday Commemoration march through Glasgow city centre.

One supporter told An Phoblacht how parents pushed their children under the seats of the buses to protect them, as bricks and stones struck the vehicles.

The man said that Scottish police officers wouldn't let any supporters off the buses.

"We were just sitting ducks for the crowd of loyalists who kept on attacking the buses. We couldn't go anywhere".

Meanwhile, Celtic fans from Belfast have complained at being detained and questioned about the Northern Bank robbery.

Sinn Féin Assembly member Fra McCann said he had written to both the Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell and Celtic Football Club to highlight the ongoing harassment of Irish supporters by Scottish police.

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