The law and order situation turned volatile in Edinburgh with riots erupting in the city and clashes of young men with the police being reported over night.
Video footage of the night showed police officers in riot gear forming a line in front of the protestors in Niddrie area while the youth threw explosives near them. According to reports, the police were called to the Hay Avenue area at 4:40 in the evening after reports of “antisocial use of fireworks” were made to the police.
According to the Police Scotland, they had to face unprecedented levels of violence during their police duties for the Bonfire Night riots. According to early estimates, 50 people among a larger group of youth was responsible for throwing fireworks towards buildings and vehicles, at which point the police were informed. Their behaviour further deteriorated towards violence after the police arrived.
According to media statements, very few arrests could be made last night because of the extreme nature of the circumstances but more are likely to follow as they have gathered substantial evidence of the perpetrators.
In Dundee, two police vehicles were also damaged significantly while there were reports of groups of youths throwing fireworks at each other in Glasgow. Eight police officers have also faced minor injuries.