A protest organised by a dissident Irish republican group sparked scuffles in Dundee city centre.
The 32 County Sovereignty Movement, described as the ‘political wing’ of the Real IRA organised a protest calling for a retrial of the ‘Craigavon two’.
Protestors claimed Breandan McConville and John Paul Wootton – currently serving life sentences for the murder of PSNI Stephen Carroll, the first police officer killed in Northern Ireland after the signing of the Good Friday agreement – are innocent and that evidence used in the trial was inconclusive.
Several not affiliated with Irish nationalism joined the protestors, including human rights and justice campaigners.
Appearance of the group in Dundee sparked outrage, and a scuffle broke out between a protester and a vocal member of the public.
Leaflets were snatched from the hands of a female protestor by a man and police are believed to have detained two individuals in relation to the incident.
Ian Dewar said: “They shouldn’t be allowed to protest here, they are a dissident terrorist group.
“They are political, and not paramilitary but why are they here?”
Sean Fleming, a spokesman for the group, said: “This is a peaceful protest and we’ve never had trouble before, even in Glasgow or Edinburgh with bigger groups.
“It’s our democratic right to protest here.”
A police spokesperson said: “Inquiries are at a very early stage.”