The Orange Order has responded to the latest decision to re-route parades away from a catholic church.

Four parades next Saturday and Sunday, including two by Orange Lodges and one by the Apprentice Boys of Derry and one by Dalmarnock No Surrender Branch Club are to be diverted to avoid St Alphonsus church in London Road.

Police said if the parades go ahead protests are likely and there will be “significant and disruptive impact on the life of the local community” and pressure on police resources.

The decision is the latest in a number of decisions by Glasgow City Council acting on police advice to order parades by protestant organisations be re-routed.

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The Orange Order has stated the “bigotry and intolerance” is coming from the protesters and claim it is being facilitated by the police and city council.

The Grand Orange Lodge said it is the victim of "anti-protestant persecution" and said police are able to manage protests by other organisations without re-routing parades.

The full statement from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland is in below.

A spokesman for the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland said: “Now is not a good time to be a Protestant living in Glasgow. The simple act of walking down a street is now effectively banned at certain times. Wearing an item of clothing that identifies you as a Protestant will lead to you walking a gauntlet of bigoted protestors who object to your presence simply because you are not of their faith.

“Disappointingly, this is aided and abetted by Police Scotland and the SNP led Glasgow City Council.

We will stand up to this bigotry, and we won’t let intolerance win. We support a Scotland of all faiths and none, where people live together in mixed communities. We support Scotland having religious differences, without these religious divides.

“Police Scotland claim that they can’t resource the parade and protests. But they manage to police pro-independence parades when there is a unionist protest. They manage to police political campaigning when there are angry counter-protests.

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"They managed to police a recent republican event with terrorist banners on show. But they have stepped in to say that they cannot manage to police Protestant parades, unless we agree to abide by rules of religious segregation, unless we agree to imposed religious divisions where certain streets are no-go zones to Protestants?

“The Orange Order has made its position quite clear, we are an organisation that proudly supports and promotes our own heritage, religion and culture. Being pro-Protestant does not make us anti-Catholic. We have the right to peacefully and quietly celebrate our own beliefs, without this anti-protestant persecution.

“We will reflect on this discrimination, but we see it as a time to act. We will be speaking to lodges, here and abroad, about what we do to ensure that our culture, our religion, our heritage and beliefs can be celebrated, as others are allowed to celebrate theirs.”