NICOLA Sturgeon has called for the racist thugs who took over Glasgow’s George Square on Wednesday night to face the “full force” of the law.

Six people were arrested after loyalist protesters tried to disrupt a peaceful rally for supporters of asylum seekers, organised by campaign group No Evictions.

The thugs, who are understood to have links to the far-right Scottish defence league, claimed they were in the square to protect the war memorial.

Speaking in Holyrood on Thursday, the First Minister told MSPs that she found the scenes “horrifying and disgraceful”.

She added: “We should be pretty blunt about the cause of that, it was not people protecting statues or the cenotaph, it was a bunch of racist thugs seeking to pour out their prejudice and find prejudice against asylum seekers and refugees. It is not what Scotland is about.

“Welcoming refugees and asylum seekers is part of who we are and we should stand against the scenes that we saw in Glasgow last night “Those who broke the law, in my view, should face the full force of it.

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