‘This is political policing pure and simple. The state are concerned about any emerging organisation in the community prepared to stand up for our rights. We refuse to be intimidated off the streets by state harassment or from loyalist threats; we are calling on people to be vigilant in the face of these recent attacks and threats.’

The past few weeks have seen a noticeable increase in police surveillance of left-wing activism in Glasgow, with blatant attempts to close down meetings, seize newspapers and shut down street activity.