Dundee City Council has responded to public outcry after a vigil for Orlando shooting victims had to be removed.
Members of the public took to social media to express anger after security staff outside the Caird Hall told members of LGBT Youth Scotland to remove tributes to the 49 people shot dead at a gay nightclub in Florida this month.
Dundee City Council chief executive David Martin, responding to an email from West End councillor Fraser Macpherson, explained the reasoning behind the decision.
He told Mr Macpherson: “The feedback I’ve now had is that the organisers of the vigil got in contact with the licensing team during the day and they informed the Caird Hall that they were coming.
“There was, however, a pre-arranged high school event on that night, so the vigil organisers were respectfully asked to stay in the square itself.
“In their enthusiasm and with a significant turnout, those present also occupied the steps and taped/placed a range of items on to the pillars as well as lighting candles.
“I am told that the Caird Hall team tried to be sensitive and accommodating, but with a large event inside and lit candles on the steps outside surrounded by cardboard, this was not going to be straightforward.”
Mr Macpherson told the Tele: “I didn’t witness the situation unfold but I believe it is important that the council deals with such events in an understanding and sensitive manner. I was very supportive of the vigil, and I can’t emphasise enough the importance of understanding.
“If there are lessons to be learned from the handling of this situation, then I hope the council takes these on board.”
The mass shooting, carried out by Omar Mateen at Pulse nightclub, is the worst in US history.