Red Road U-turn caused by protest fears

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Plans to blow up five tower blocks as part of the Commonwealth Games were abandoned over fears protesters would threaten safety and security, the chief executive of Glasgow 2014 has said.<br />
David Grevemberg also denied that the idea to demolish the Red Road flats during the opening ceremony had been crass or insensitive.<br />
More than 17,000 people signed an online petition against the demolition.<br />
Organisers decided on Sunday to scrap the plan to demolish the blocks.<br />
They had wanted to bring down five of the six remaining Red Road tower blocks in a 15-second segment that would have been broadcast live to a giant screen at the Celtic Park opening ceremony, and to millions of TV viewers around the world.<br />
But critics argued it was insensitive to former residents and to the asylum seekers who occupy the sixth block.<br />
Picture: Universal News And Sport (Scotland) 14/04/ 2014.
Plans to blow up five tower blocks as part of the Commonwealth Games were abandoned over fears protesters would threaten safety and security, the chief executive of Glasgow 2014 has said.
David Grevemberg also denied that the idea to demolish the Red Road flats during the opening ceremony had been crass or insensitive.
More than 17,000 people signed an online petition against the demolition.
Organisers decided on Sunday to scrap the plan to demolish the blocks.
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