Tensions over hotel being used for asylum seekers

The hotel at the centre of the stabbing incident in Glasgow has been used to house asylum seekers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Radisson confirmed the Park Inn was partly being used as temporary accommodation, a policy which has received criticism from campaigners.

Nicola Sturgeon referred to tensions, which have surfaced in the city's George Square amid protests about the living conditions of refugees, when talking about the major incident on Friday in which a suspect was shot dead and six people injured including a police officer.

At least six people were arrested on Wednesday June 17 following scenes labelled "disgraceful" by the First Minister, when far-right loyalists targeted the rally.

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GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
In this photo provided by the Twitter feed of @Milroy1717, emergency services attend the scene of incident in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday June 26, 2020. Police in Glasgow say emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in the center of Scotland's largest city and are urging people to avoid the area. (@Milroy1717 via AP)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Police officer stabbed, suspect shot in Glasgow
Emergency services attend the scene of an incident in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday June 26, 2020. Police in Glasgow say emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in the center of Scotland's largest city and are urging people to avoid the area. (Andrew Milligan/PA via AP)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Several people are believed to have been killed in an incident in Glasgow city centre, Sky News understands.
A video was taken of armed police entering a building in Glasgow after reports of a stabbing incident.
Heavy police presence in Glasgow city centre as officer stabbed
A video was taken of armed police entering a building in Glasgow after reports of a stabbing incident.
Three people were killed in a stabbing attack in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday and the suspect was shot by police, British media reported.
Three people were killed in a stabbing attack in the Scottish city of Glasgow on Friday and the suspect was shot by police, British media reported.
CORRECTS BYLINE - In this photo provided by Jamie O’Neill, emergency services attend the scene of incident in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday June 26, 2020. Police in Glasgow say emergency services are currently dealing with an incident in the center of Scotland's largest city and are urging people to avoid the area. ( @JATV_Scotland via AP)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers speak to a man at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers speak with witnesses in a cordoned off area after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: An armed police officer speaks with his colleagues in front of a cordoned off area after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Ambulance crew members at the scene after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: A police officer stands in front of a cordoned off area after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - JUNE 26: Police officers stand in front of a cordoned off area after reports of three people being killed in a central Glasgow hotel on June 26, 2020 in Glasgow, Scotland. A knifeman stabbed three people to death in the stairwell of the Park Inn Hotel on West George Street, Glasgow before being shot himself by armed police. The Scottish Police Federation (SPF) said an officer was stabbed during the major incident. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
Armed police at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow, where a man has been shot by an armed officer after another officer was injured during an attack.
Members of the emergency services at the scene in West George Street, Glasgow, where a man has been shot by an armed officer after another officer was injured during an attack.
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Asked about the hotel being used to house asylum seekers, she said: "Of course people are worried and yes people have an understanding of the location and what that location has been used for in recent times, but beyond that I don't think it's helpful for people to speculate.

"Clearly there have been some tensions in Glasgow as there have been in other parts of the UK in recent times, but I want to send a message to people across Glasgow and across Scotland: when dreadful things like this happen, they shock all of us to our core but above all this should remind us of what unites us and not what divides us."

Positive Action in Housing has criticised private housing provider Mears, which is subcontracted by the Home Office, for moving refugees from self-contained accommodation to hotels.

A spokeswoman for the campaign group said the 91-room hotel was housing asylum seekers for the Mears Group, which moved them there during the coronavirus lockdown.

A Mears Group spokesman said: "We are referring all inquiries to the Home Office as this is an ongoing police operation."

A Home Office spokesman said: "We are aware of an incident at West George Street in Glasgow, which is currently being investigated by the police."

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