I will write what I posted to facebook:
“I obviously did not get a vote on the referendum. I don’t feel qualified to decide, so I have quietly observed as an outsider and watched a country come out in full force to decide its fate. I love this country and I especially love this city, but I have seen and I am seeing so much anger and aggression—and I really, really hope people will settle and move forward as one again.”
I was in the city centre last night but passed through George Square a wee bit before the riots started. Avoided Queen St Station on the way back but heard in the pub it may have been closed off—took Central instead. I felt a bit on edge walking home but overall safe. Police were fairly spread out in the city centre by the time I left to catch the train. People in the train station asking everyone what they voted, could see a man on the train had hidden a flag in his pocket. Some people are clearly out to fight.
Personally I have no doubt that the Orange Order people that were responsible for the instigation of violence last night were waiting for any kind of provocation. I think it would have happened regardless. And yet the response has been further shit throwing. Just let me say: seriously, are people actually suggesting that 55% of the population is condoning this? Like “if you voted no, this is what you voted for”? When I first came to Glasgow and learned about the Orange walks (living in the city centre where they were held), it was pretty clear to me that the people starting fights were not indicative of anything but a vocal and violent minority.
I think people need to stop dividing on this. It adds to the problem.
But for the question that my family has had: Yes, I am safe. I am fine, and it is good here, though I will be avoiding George Square and the city centre for this weekend.